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Leek, spring green and apple soup

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Leek, spring green and apple soup

Starter Serves 4 45 min
This unusual soup brings together sweet-cooked onions and leeks with cider, apples and shredded spring greens for a fresh and lovely finish. Leave chunky or blend smooth depending on your preference, and if you aren't a vegetarian definitely top with salty, smoky lardons of bacon for contrast.


  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 600g leeks (about 3-4 large), finely shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 250ml cider
  • 1 litre veg stock
  • 100g spring greens, finely shredded
  • 150g smoked bacon pieces, fried (optional)
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 35 min
  • Step 1

    Heat the butter and oil in a large pan. Add the onion and leeks. Fry on a low heat for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and apple and cook for 2 minutes. Add the cider and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Step 2

    Add the stock, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Step 3

    Add the spring greens and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the greens are tender. Blitz until smooth or leave chunkier, whichever you prefer.
  • Step 4

    Season, and serve with the cooked bacon pieces scattered over the top.

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