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Wonka's Green Bean Soup

Biscuit's picture

Do not be fooled - while the ingredients to this soup sound boring and ordinary, it is ANYTHING but ordinary!  It is absolutely delicious and fresh and wonderful.  As good cold as hot, although if you make it cold, make a little lemon-sour cream to top it with and a sprinkle of chives instead of the lemon-chive-butter.  Simple enough for a light summer meal; elegant enough for a first course of a dinner.

Simple to make (half-hour, tops), easy to make ahead, and if you make it to serve to someone sick who needs extra calories, feel free to stir in cream, half-and-half and/or whole milk yogurt to fatten it up.

Green Bean Soup with Lemon Chive Butter, a la Wonka


serves 8


Lemon Chive Butter


½ cup chopped fresh chives or green onion

1/3 cup unsalted butter

grated peel of one lemon

Juice of one lemon

1 small garlic clove, minced

¼ tsp. salt




1 onion or large leek, chopped

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 ½ lbs green beans, trimmed and chopped

4 cups low-salt chicken stock

½ tsp salt (or more to taste)

1 cup whipping cream

Freshly ground pepper


  1. To make lemon chive butter, combine the first five ingredients in blender or food processor. Set aside.
  2. To make the soup, cook the onion in the remaining butter until tender and fragrant. Add the beans and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook until the beans are tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. Puree the soup in the blender, food processor or food mill. Return to the pot, add the cream, heat thoroughly and season with pepper. Serve with a spoonful of lemon chive butter on each serving.

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Astrid's picture

(post #38392, reply #1 of 2)

Thanks for bringing back this recipe, I remember it and am glad to see it again. My beans aren't even blooming yet, but that doesn't mean they are not worth waiting for!
I've got to write this down for my recipe box.

New Mexico home organic gardener

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. Emerson

New Mexico home organic gardener Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. Emerson
msm-s's picture

(post #38392, reply #2 of 2)

I just made something identical with the exception of the cream for my parents, chicken stock and all. I have green beans coming out of my ears and am looking for different things to do with them besides just a quick blanch and lemon juice and sesame seeds.

I realize the cream would make this a totally different soup and it does sound wonderful, but i try hard to keep away from it, I may have to break down and do it by the recipe when the weather turns cold tho-
thanks for posting