Norwegian Love Soup

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Show love by putting this lovage soup on the menu! Lovage have been grown in Norway for centuries. Lovage is also called the love herb in Norway, so you can call this dish love soup.

This recipe is from the book “From Great Grand Mother’s Kitchen – Food and Traditions from Østfold”, published by Østfold Associated Country Women.

4 servings

A bundle of lovage leaves
75 g [2,5 oz] butter
2 medium sized onions
1 garlic clove
50 g [1,75 oz] wholemeal bread or 500 g [1 lb] potatoes
1 l [2 pt] beef or vegetable broth
1 dl [0,2 pt] cream
1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper and
grated nutmeg (taste to)


[1] Melt butter in a pan and saute the chopped onion and garlic until it is shiny and soft.

[2] Add coarsely chopped lovage, broth and crumbled bread or potatoes in small cubes.

[3] Bring to a boil and simmer the soup for 10-15 minutes.

[4] Mash the soup through a colander or use a blender until you have a smooth soup. Pour it all back into the pan and bring to a boil.

[5] Stir in the cream just before serving and taste with more seasoning if necessary.

[6] Decorate with chopped lovage or a little grated cheese. Serve with fresh bread.