Friday, July 2, 2010

Recipe: Lettuce Soup

Did you buy too much lettuce at the farmer's market, have a bunch coming up in your garden or, like me, received a huge bag of it from your sweet neighbour?  If you don't feel like salad for the next 2 weeks, this soup is a delicious option.  It can be served hot or cold and the taste is savoury, fresh and earthy.  After you put some in your bowl, try it with a couple small drops of apple cider or white vinegar and it will burst with flavour.

from Serious Eats

1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
10 large outer leaves of Romaine lettuce, torn into pieces (I just used a mix of lettuce I had on hand)
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced (I used red potatoes, skin left on)
3 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup heavy cream (I used fat-free half and half)
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon parsley leaves
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a 4-quart saucepan. Add the onion and cook until beginning to soften. Add the lettuce, potatoes, chicken stock, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover the pot and reduce the heat so that the liquid stays at a brisk simmer. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes depending on the size of your dice.
Off the heat, add the cream, nutmeg, lemon juice, parsley, and a bit of freshly ground black pepper. Carefully puree the soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve hot or cold. The soup will keep in the fridge for up to a week, and the flavor improves as it rests. Reheat gently before serving if desired.

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  1. The soup has to be good, it has potatoes! Don't be afraid of real cream. It's good stuff. The list of ingredients in fat free half and half scares me.

  2. Real cream is my first choice but had guests with diet restrictions for dinner so I had to compromise ;)

  3. I love your little bits from children's books. It is my favorite thing about your blog. And I do look forward to the recipes. Have a great weekend!

    xo Erin

  4. I have never heard of this, it sounds interesting, thanks!

  5. I've never heard of this either, and I do often have extra lettuce. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Oh wow, what a wonderful idea. I have never heard of this. I will have to try it soon.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

  7. I saw Giada make a soup very similar to this one once, it looks lovely!

  8. Sarah, I've never heard of this and that makes me most anxious to give it a try. I always have more lettuce than can comfortably be eaten. This soup would be a perfect way to see it does not go to waste. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  9. Thanks for sharing! This looks so good, and great for not wasting lettuce. I like to use unskinned potatoes as well.

  10. Sarah, what an ingenious way to use up leftover lettuce! I will definitely have to try this one. I don't usually buy lettuce for the very reason that I can't get through it without it going bad. Hope you had a great 4th and thanks again for helping out with my blog while I was gone!

  11. What a fantastic recipe. Sounds healthy and yummy!


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