Lettuce Soup.


This is what happens when your garden is overflowing with a particular food, and you’ll do anything not to waste it.

You get creative.

That particular food for me at this moment is lettuce. Okay, and spinach. You can only eat so much salad. I’ve given a bunch away to friends and family, but I’m also doing some experimenting as well.

Like making Lettuce Soup.

I know. I had the same reaction. Gross, right? But if the French can call it a delicacy, we should at least give it a chance… no? Perhaps if I told you the soup was called Potage de Laitue Verte, you’d be more inclined to try it. Sure as heck sounds a lot more appetizing in French.

Anyways, I made it. The kids surprisingly liked it. And so I’m sharing it with you now. I won’t say it was an absolute favorite meal of mine, but it was good enough that we cleaned our bowls, and I’ll definitely make it again. I think I’d like to try it cold next time, served with a sandwich of some sort. I’ve read it’s delicious either way.

I combined a Tangy Herbed Lettuce Soup recipe with Emeril’s Lettuce Soup. Next time, I might try this classic recipe as well; it looks simpler.

 

fresh garden produce

Fresh from the garden: Three Heart Lettuce, new potatoes, red onion, and oregano (though I ended up using fresh parsley in the recipe instead).

Here’s how I made mine…

Lettuce Soup… or Potage de Laitue Verte

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 small heads of green lettuce, washed and cut or torn into pieces
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 c. evaporated milk or cream
  • chopped chives, optional topping
  • cubes of bread, optional topping

Directions:

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat until warmed. Add onions and saute until onions become translucent. Toss in the garlic cloves and saute just until they begin to turn darker (don’t overcook); 1-2 minutes.

Add chicken broth and potatoes to the pot; salt and pepper. Cover and allow to simmer until potatoes are soft; about 10 min. Add lettuce and simmer for another 7 minutes, then stir in the parsley.

Remove from heat, and carefully use a stick blender to puree the soup. Be careful as it will be extremely hot. When all is blended, pour in the evaporated milk or cream, salt and pepper more to taste, and simmer on low for a few more minutes, until heated through. Top with chopped chives and bread cubes if desired.

I was amazed at how simple this recipe made turning 2 heads of lettuce into a complete meal. And although I got some funny looks from the kids when I told them what it was, I actually got compliments on it once dinner was over.

The next time you’ve got an abundance of tender greens in your garden, do give this a try.

My next test will be Wilted Lettuce.

I’d love to know what you do with an abundance of fresh lettuce. What’s your favorite way (besides salads) to use it up?


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

8 Comments

  1. I just printed this in case we get over run with lettuce! We planted
    way more than usual because I was craving salad … unfortunately salad does not agree with me right now. Almost the whole family LOVES salad so it should not be a problem :). When I mentioned this soup to Gracie she thought it sounded really good, so I think we will try it even if we don’t get over run and maybe it will agree with me :).

    Looking forward to hearing how your wilted lettuce goes … I am hoping to get more creative with out meals!

  2. P.S.

    I just saw that you asked how we use lettuce in the case of an over-abundance. Crazy as this may sound, my doberman LOVES lettuce.

    When I’m rinsing it off at the sink, he’s right behind me waiting for his share. 🙂

    Thanks again for the lettuce soup recipe. I really will keep this in mind. It’s a great way to make use of a great lettuce harvest.

  3. I’ve never heard of lettuce soup. I have to admit, it doesn’t sound like a dish I’d race home to make. However, since you and the kids found it enjoyable, I’ll be sure to keep this in mind if I have lettuce growing out of my ears. 🙂 With a gardener, that can always happen. 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. This actually sounds very good and I’m going to try it. Something else comes to mind that you might want to check out is “Hot Salad”. I tried it at a restaurant some years ago and it was wonderful.
    Cheers!

  5. Kendra thank you for posting this recipe. I have more lettuce than we will ever eat growing right now:). I just wanted to tell you that Wilted Lettuce is delicious!! We will be having it in the next few days. We use Apple Cider Vinegar in ours and no egg and serve it over boiled potatoes. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog I consult it often.

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