This simple soup highlights the flavor of watercress: clean and slightly bitter but not overwhelming. The potato gives this soup enough extra body to make it a satisfying lunch or light dinner.
Body+Soul, October 2009
- Prep Time 15 minutes
- Total Time 15 minutes
- Yield Makes 6 cups
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 large white potato (12 ounces), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (2 cups)
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 2 bunches (14 ounces total) watercress, thick stems trimmed, coarsely chopped
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil and garlic, cook until sizzling and fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in potato and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook 1 minute.
- Add stock and 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in watercress. Return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among soup bowls and squeeze a lemon wedge into each bowl. Serve immediately.
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