Cold Cream of Watercress Soup (Wolfgang Puck) Recipe

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Cold Cream of Watercress Soup (Wolfgang Puck)
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  1. Heat a large saucepan with olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the leeks and the watercress stems only and saute until wilted, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock and potatoes and season well with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare an ice water bath by partially filling your largest mixing bowl with ice cubes and water.
  4. In batches to avoid overfilling and splattering, ladle the soup into a blender or food processor, adding some of the creme fraiche and watercress leaves with each batch and reserving about 2 dozen whole leaves for a garnish. Puree each batch and transfer to a fine-meshed strainer held over a large mixing bowl that fits inside the ice water bath, using a rubber spatula to press the puree through the strainer. Taste the puree, adjust the seasonings, if necessary, with more salt and pepper, and stir in the lemon juice.
  5. Place the bowl of soup inside the ice water bath and chill it until cool, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Remove the bowl of soup from the ice water bath, dry its underside, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
  6. Before serving, taste the soup. If it is too thick, thin it with a little cold milk, chicken stock, or water, to a thick, creamy consistency. Adjust the seasonings, if necessary. Ladle into chilled bowls and decoratively garnish each serving with a few of the reserved watercress leaves.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 356.7 Kcal (1493 kJ)
Calories from fat 243.42 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.05g 42%
Cholesterol 19.03mg 6%
Sodium 374.12mg 16%
Potassium 363.8mg 8%
Total Carbs 19.56g 7%
Sugars 7.99g 32%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
Protein 9.99g 20%
Vitamin C 8mg 13%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Calcium 71.8mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 100.52 Kcal (421 kJ)
Calories from fat 68.6 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.62g 42%
Cholesterol 5.36mg 6%
Sodium 105.43mg 16%
Potassium 102.52mg 8%
Total Carbs 5.51g 7%
Sugars 2.25g 32%
Dietary Fiber 0.34g 5%
Protein 2.81g 20%
Vitamin C 2.3mg 13%
Iron 0.3mg 7%
Calcium 20.2mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 9.1
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

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