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Rocket And Potato Soup

ROCKET AND POTATO SOUP

 

In Italy rucola, or rocket, grows wild and as the bulk of this soup is made from potatoes and stale bread it is known as 'poor man's soup'. In this country rocket is not widely available and at the moment is a fashionable salad stuff. Cooked rucola imparts a pleasant bitter tang.

 

Serves 4

  • 4 medium waxy-variety potatoes (Italian, French or Cypriot are perfect), peeled and diced

  • 11/4 pts (700 ml) water

  • 2 oz (50 g) rocket leaves

  • 31/2 oz (100 g) stale Italian or French bread, cut up

  • 4 tbs green, fruity olive oil

  • salt, pepper

  1. Bring the potatoes to the boil in the water.

  2. Carefully rinse the rocket in several changes of water to get rid of the sand.

  3. Halfway through the cooking, after about 15 minutes, add the rocket and 2 large pinches of salt.

  4. Cover and cook for a further 15 20 minutes, remove from the heat, add the bread and cover the pot.

  5. Leave to stand for 10 minutes and stir in the olive oil and a liberal sprinkling of pepper. Serve immediately.

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