Rhubarb soup

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Author Notes: Rhubarb soup is a traditional way of preparing rhubarb in Norway. I think the simple name belies how delicious it is. My recipe is inspired by a neighbor's recipe that we eat at our Norwegian Independence day party. The addition of wine instead of just water is inspired by a recipe from the Norwegian food writer Andreas Viestad. Rhubarb soup is best served cold or at room temperature and generously topped with sweetened vanilla flavored whipped cream. I also sometimes like to add some cubes of pound cake! - fiveandspicefiveandspice

Food52 Review: This is a great example of how easy and fast fruit soups are to throw together for a refreshing summer dessert. This one has a nice creamy texture and is loaded with tart and sweet rhubarb flavor. I used honey which added a nice layer of flavor. The whipped cream on top adds a touch of decadence. - StephanieThe Editors

Serves 6

  • 4 cups rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white wine (a light fruity variety such as pinot grigio)
  • 4-5 cardamom pods lightly crushed, or 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberries, washed and sliced (optional)
  • sweetened whipped cream for serving
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in about 1/4 cup warm water
  1. In a medium pot, bring the rhubarb, sugar/honey, water, wine, cardamom, vanilla, and strawberries (if using) to a boil.
  2. Lower the heat very low and simmer until the rhubarb is soft and falling apart, 20-25 minutes.
  3. Remove the cardamom pods (if using ground cardamom then just continue). Turn the heat up to medium, and stir in the dissolved cornstarch. Stir until the soup thickens, 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat. Allow to cool to room temperature, or chill in the refrigerator.
  4. Serve in bowls, generously topped with sweetened whipped cream. If desired, you can also put cubes of pound cake in the bottoms of the bowl and spoon the soup over them.

Tags: Desserts, Norwegian, rhubarb, simple

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about 2 years ago Hiedi Louw Blackwelder

Wow. I just made this and it was super delicious. I didn't have whipping cream so I served it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. The soup was still warm so the icecream got melty right away. Divine!


about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Awesome! I'm happy to hear you liked it! It's one of my favorite desserts. :) We just had it on Friday for Norway's Independence day, actually!


almost 2 years ago Hiedi Louw Blackwelder

I'm planning on making it again this week as I've come into another big harvest of rhubarb from someone who didn't want it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Nice! Lucky you getting an extra rhubarb haul.


about 4 years ago aussiefoodie

I made this as a dessert for a birthday lunch for my father-in-law, who is a huge rhubarb fan. It was a hot summer day, and this smooth, sweet & tangy dessert that was nice and chilly went down a huge success with all. Thank you!


about 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

So glad you guys enjoyed it! And thanks for letting me know! It's one of my favorite desserts.


over 4 years ago Serene

I have to try this. It's so beautiful!


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I hope you get a chance to! And if you do, please let me know how you like it! Thinking about it makes me long for rhubarb season again already!