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Spring Onion Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
This soup celebrates the first onions of spring and is made with a mix of young spring onions (sometimes called salad onions) with greens attached and everyday green onions. The onions are roasted under the broiler and blended with tender Yukon Gold potatoes, rich stock, white wine, and young greens. 

This recipe is incredibly versatile and other spring ingredients like green garlic, garlic scapes, or ramps can easily be swapped in.
Makes: 4 generous servings
Author: Elizabeth Stark
  • 1 pound spring onions (a mix of spring or salad onions and green onions), greens attached
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • fresh ground white pepper
  • 1 medium Yukon Gold potato chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (1 heaping cup)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 quart low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 cups young leafy greens (I used a mix of kale and arugula)
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan
  • 4 - 5 chives or blades of onion grass, minced
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin, for garnish
  1. Move rack to top of oven and set broiler to high. Shave just the roots from onions, leaving core intact so that onion layers stay in place. Halve or quarter any larger onions. Arrange on a broiler pan and slide into oven. Broil until edges begin to char and onions are tender but still have some bite, about 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, set a Dutch oven or small stock pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, and when hot, add potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and a few twists pepper. Sauté potatoes until tender with crisp edges, about 7 - 10 minutes. Add white wine, stir 1 minute, and then add broth. Bring mixture to a boil, then turn heat to low. Taste and add sea salt as needed.

  3. Working carefully in batches, blend charred onions, broth and potato mixture, and greens until smooth. (I like this soup with some texture, so I blend until the texture is smooth but still flecked with bits of char.)
  4. Pour back into soup pot and warm over medium-low heat just until mixture starts to steam. Heating soup gently is the best way to maintain its emerald green hue. 

  5. Ladle into bowls and garnish with shaved Parmesan, minced onion grass or chives, thinly slice green onions, and several twists white pepper.