Wild garlic soup with poached egg and croutons

The mild flavour of wild garlic provides a mellow base for Tom Kerridges creamy soup, perfect for a spring lunch
Wild garlic soup with poached egg and croutons
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the soup

  • 50 g butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped into 1cm cubes
  • 250 g wild garlic
  • 1.1 litres chicken stock
  • 150 ml double cream

For the poached eggs

  • 4 eggs
  • dashes of white wine vinegar

For the crisp bacon and croutons

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 200 g smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 sticks French bread
  • olive oil, to drizzle
  • pinches cayenne pepper


1. For the soup: melt the butter in a large pan until foaming, then add the onion and gently fry for 3-4 minutes, or until softened byt not coloured. Add the chopped potato and cover with the chicken stock. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

2. Add the wild garlic leaves and stir for about 30 seconds, until wilted. Using a stick blender, blend the soup until smooth and then pass through a fine sieve. To preserv the vibrant green colour of the soup, place the large chunks of ice into a bowl and pour over the soup. When chilled, strain the soup again, leaving behind the ice. Stir in the cream.

3. For the poached eggs: bring a deep pan of water to the boil, then add a splash of vinegar and reduce the heat until the water is barely simmering. Crack the eggs into the pan and gently poach for 3-4 minutes, or until the egg is cooked to your liking. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.

4. Preheat the oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1.

5. For the bacon and croutons: melt the butter in a frying pan until foaming, add the bacon and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper.

5. Thinly slice the French stick and place onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.

6. To serve, place a poached egg into the centre of each bowl. Heat the soup through, then pour over the egg. Sprinkle over the crisp bacon bits and serve with the croutons.

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