Healthy Food

Watercress, gruyère and walnut soufflé recipe


Wellbeing Wisdom

With more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more folate than a banana (weight for weight), it's hardly surprising that watercress was a favourite of Hippocrates, who called it the 'cure of cures'.


  • 2 x 250ml ramekins
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp ground walnuts
  • 30g wholemeal flour
  • 250ml milk
  • 2 eggs, yolks and whites
  • 60g good-quality gruyère, grates
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 50g watercress leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ gas mark 6. Grease the inside of the ramekins with butter and line with the ground walnuts.
  2. Make a roux by melting the butter in a saucepan on a medium heat and then adding the flour, stirring until you have a thick paste. After a minute or so, gradually add the milk until you have a smooth white sauce. Remove from the heat and beat in the egg yolks and cheese before stirring in the Dijon mustard and then the watercress. Season well.
  3. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites to form stiff peaks. Add a spoonful of the cheese mixture to loosen it before folding in the rest with a metal spoon. Spoon into the ramekins and cook for 25-30 minutes. Serve with a small handful of watercress.