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How to make Lettuce Soup

Don't throw out that limp lettuce - make lettuce soup

Soup | September 15, 2017 | By

Have you ever made Lettuce Soup? Lettuce is a much-overlooked ingredient, as well as serving as a salad, you can braise it and serve as a vegetable and you can make a delicious soup.

How to make Lettuce Soup - rows of perfect lettuce

Making Lettuce Soup saves waste

Lettuce Soup is also a brilliant way to use lettuces from the garden or allotment that have bolted and are past their best.  Even better you can use that forgotten lettuce at the bottom of the fridge, you know, the one that is slightly limp, maybe a little brown around the edges, but not wet and slimy, I’m afraid that one goes in the compost heap.

How to make Lettuce Soup
Serves 4
A delicious creamy lettuce soup, delicate of flavour and a brilliant way to use lettuce which i past it's best.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 25 g butter
  2. 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  3. 1 large or two smaller carrots, washed and finely diced
  4. 2 heads of lettuce or about 200 g leaves
  5. 1 tbs chopped chives
  6. 300 ml vegetable stock
  7. salt & pepper
  8. 300 ml full fat milk
  9. 1 tsp chopped parsley to serve
  10. A little single cream to serve
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter over a medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and carrots and cook until the onions soft.
  3. Roughly chop the lettuce and add to the pan, cook until the lettuce has wilted.
  4. Add the stock, season with a little salt and pepper and cook for about 5-10 minutes until the carrots are just softened.
  5. Remove from the heat add place into a blender with the milk.
  6. Blend until completely smooth, taste and add seasoning if required.
  7. Reheat and serve with a swirl of cream and a sprinkling of chopped chives.
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Traditionally Lettuce Soup is made only with lettuce and onions or leeks, but I like to add a few carrots as they add a little sweetness, I also added a few chard leaves from the garden.  If I have some celery I’d happily add some of that too.  As long as there is more lettuce than other ingredients, then you won’t lose the delicacy of flavour.

Let me show you How to Make Lettuce Soup - it's easy!

Lettuce Soup is really quick and easy to make, so next time you are about to throw out a lettuce, remember you can make Lettuce Soup! 

Don't throw out that limp lettuce - make lettuce soup

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    Hannah Hossack-Lodge
    September 16, 2017

    I’ve never actually tried lettuce soup before, but I am forever finding half-eaten, browned lettuces in the salad drawer so I should probably give it a try!
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      Janice Pattie
      September 16, 2017

      This recipe is definitely for you Hannah! You can add lettuce to any soup you are going to blend.

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      Janice Pattie
      September 16, 2017

      I hope you do Helen, you won’t be disappointed.

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      Janice Pattie
      September 20, 2017

      Thanks, Michelle. It is a delicious soup.

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      Janice Pattie
      September 22, 2017

      Well, I’m surprised Ceri! You do such amazing things with vegetables, i thought you would have tried this, not to late to start now though.

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