I’m in a distinctly Scandinavian mood this week, it seems.  On Wednesday I posted a recipe for traditional Swedish pancakes and today I’m sharing yet another Finnish dish with you all.  Have to say, this one is an absolute cracker. 

Kesäkeitto translates as “summer soup” and, without wanting to sound like a complete cheese-ball, this is exactly what it tastes like: sunshine in a bowl.  Though quite easy to make at any time of year using mature vegetables or even frozen, this nourishing soup is really special when made with young, tender produce.  Prettier too.  🙂


(Serves 4 generously)

A few parsley stalks

1 bay leaf

8 baby carrots, halved length-ways then width ways

5 radishes, quartered

4 baby new potatoes, cut into 8 chunks each

1/2 head of cauliflower, seperated into small florets

Handful of green beans, trimmed and cut in half

75g peas (fresh or frozen)

2 large handful of spinach leaves

1 tspn salt


1 tblspn butter

1 tblspn plain flour

100ml milk

1 egg yolk

50ml cream



  •  Add the herbs and all the vegetables (apart from the spinach) to a pan.  Add water until veg is covered by 1 inch of liquid.  Add the salt. 
  • Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add the spinach and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  • Drain the vegetables reserving the stock that has been created and discarding the herbs.
  • In a heavy based pan melt the butter and add the flour.  Stir to create a roux.  Add 4 ladles of stock one at a time, whisking out all lumps.  Add the rest of the stock and the milk to create a rich milky stock.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolk and cream.  Gradually add 50ml of the milky stock to the eggy-cream to create a smooth sauce then gradually add this sauce back into the pan with the milky stock, whisking smoothly all the while.
  • Add the vegetables back into the stock and heat through.  Season carefully.
  • Serve sprinkled with dill.

P.S. This is my entry for this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by the lovely Maninas

15 thoughts on “Kesäkeitto

  1. Wendy, this soup looks wonderful…if ya got anymore Finnish recipes…share the wealth!

    This looks like a soup for one of those cooler summer days.

  2. Peter – I’m in the north of Scotland, Peter. They are pretty much all cool days! 😉

    Antonia – Thank you. It is a real treat to eat and to look at.

    Mallika – Hello! And ja, I am. 🙂

  3. a pretty soup indeed – looks interesting – radishes keep beckoning me in lots of strange guises even though I keep trying to avoid them! Will have to try this out

  4. Wendy this recipe is perfect for these rainy seems you went back or go forward to autumn..soon will be xmas 😀
    it’s not Italy anymore i guess..
    😀 thanks for your wonderful blog dear! Kiss

  5. I love this peasant style of soup where it all gets put in the soup and the flavour ends up being so rich. Keep those Scandinavian recipes coming – love them.

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  7. Silvia Magnolia – Don’t say that! Christmas seems like yesterday!

    Giz – Will do! 🙂

    Maninas – You’re very welcome.

    Noobcook – Thank you very much. 🙂

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