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Debbie Major

Cook, writer and food stylist, Debbie's reputation for foolproof, delicious recipes is second to none. She is renowned for her dedication to seasonal home cooking and her love of all things rustic and authentic. Simplicity over cheffy is her motto!

Velvety potato soup with black olives and truffle oil

  • Serves 8
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Total time 1 hr 10 mins
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Velvety potato soup with black olives and truffle oil
Velvety potato soup with black olives and truffle oil

step by step

  • 1Melt the butter in a very large saucepan, add the onions, bay leaves and a little salt and freshly ground white pepper. Cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes until the onions are soft but not at all browned.
  • 2Add the sliced potatoes to the pan and stir well. Cover and cook gently for about 5 minutes until the potatoes start to break up a little. Add 1½ teaspoons of salt and 1.2 litres of boiling water; bring back to the boil, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Don't be tempted to use stock for this soup – it's the simple, clean flavour that works so well with the black olives and the truffle oil.
  • 3Remove the bay leaves and blend the soup until smooth (a hand blender is easiest). Return to the pan, stir in the cream; season.
  • 4Cool the soup and transport in a large well-sealed plastic container. Gently reheat just before serving; stir in the truffle oil. Cut the olives lengthways into strips. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls; drizzle over a little extra truffle oil and scatter with the olives.
  • Recipe photograph by Laura Edwards

Get ahead

Make the soup to the end of step 3, chill for up to 3 days. The soup also freezes well. Reheat and finish with the garnish.

You will need

  • 100g butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • 1kg floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 100ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp truffle flavour olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 50g good-quality pitted black olives

+ Nutritional Information