Nettle Soup. Nõgesesupp

weedsoup (17)Sour and sweet weed soup with onions and balanced with rye bread.

The recipe is basing on classical onion soup recipe.

Nettles are very important and has been used in Estonian folk medicine centuries.
Folk wisdom teaches that nettle contains vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few
The nettle takes away fatigue, abdominal pain and water swelling, reduces and stops bleeding, reduces the appearance of diabetes mellitus

And did you know: nettles contain vitamin C 2.5 times more than the lemon (660 mg%).

But of course, you can use any weed to replace nettles. Goutweed taste like carrots and celery. Nettles are a little bit sweet. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles keep 1-2 minutes in the boiling water. Goutweed and wood sorrel are edible fresh.

NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weed, growing in the pure environment.weedsoup (1)

Nettle Soup. Nõgesesupp

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light vegetable dish

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  • a couple of handfuls of nettles (200 g)
  • 2 onion
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 tablespoon (brown) sugar
  • salt, pepper
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 1,3-litre broth
  • 250 ml white wine
  • for serving

  • chopped dill or parsley
  • 3 boiled eggs
  • 4 slices of rye bread


  1. Pour fresh nettles over with boiling water, pour into a sieve and cool down using cold water
  2. drain
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  4. put butter in the pan, Add the onions and fry with the lid on for 10 mins until soft. Sprinkle in the sugar and cook for 20 mins more, stirring frequently, until caramelised.
  5. add flour and brown.
  6. add nettles. Increase the heat and keep stirring as you gradually add the wine, followed by the hot stock. Cover and simmer for 15-20 mins.
  7. season.
  8. serve with boiled eggs and grilled rye bread

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10 thoughts on “Nettle Soup. Nõgesesupp

  1. Well…I’ve had nettle tea, and enjoyed it. It accomplished what it said it would on the package. I suppose I could bump myself up to nettle soup, just not sure where to get the fresh weeds. Looks tasty nonetheless. If I get a chance, I’ll give it a try, because I love results!!! 🙂


  2. Well, methinks ‘folk wisdom’ of the time knew but little about vitamins or minerals, just that this was ‘good for you’ 🙂 ! Was brought up on this – somewhat on the backburner awhile here – really have to see whether I can find nettles: in my book another ‘weed’ simply will not do !!! *Giggles( Don’t think old Estonian peasant women quite used wine either: more fun for us . . .


  3. We don’t have nettles where I live in the MS Delta but my wife and I were introduced to them while sneaking under a fence in Ireland to visit the ruins of an old castle. Our arms were covered in whelps and my wife (after taking copious amounts of benadryl) slept through the whole Ring of Kerry. I love the idea of getting even with these vicious plants by turning them into soup! I will definitely save this recipe.

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