Sunday, 20 June 2010

When life gives you lettuces??

I'm sure you've all heard the old saying:
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!"?

Well, here at NL when the potager gives me way too many lettuces, I make lettuce soup.

Mine is a classic, but very simple recipe:
lettuce leaves (500g); 2 medium sized onions, chopped; 2 medium sized potatoes, diced.
butter (50g); full cream milk (900 ml, I know! but it's worth it for the great taste).
chicken or vegetable stock, either home made or from a cube (600ml), s & p.
I always add a good dash of Cavender's All Purpose Greek Seasoning for extra kick.
It's so quick and easy to make simply shred the lettuce, reserving some to garnish the bowls.
In a large saucepan, fry the lettuce, onion & potato in the butter for five minutes, being careful not to brown the ingredients.
Add the milk and stock, keep stirring and bring to the boil.
Cover and simmer for 2o - 25 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
Liquidise and return to the pan, and quickly bring the soup back up to temperature without boiling.
Serve in warm bowls, (add a cream swirl if you want more calories!) garnish with the reserved lettuce shreds and serve with warm crusty bread.Makes a delicious lunch; for 4 if they like it and 6 if they don't.
(thanks to Kate @ Serendipity for that great quote)


  1. What a great post and an even better recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I have never had this before but I will definitely give it a try!

    Best wishes for a lovely week,

  2. Oooooo! This sounds delicious, and so simple...thanks for the post!

  3. I was going to say "make lettuce soup" -- and that was your post!!! Mine is a bit different -- but I will have to try yours next time I have a glut of lettuce. It's amazing how crisp lettuce can be when it is cooked!

  4. Lettuce? Soup? Seriously? Who knew?

  5. i never knew ... sounds interesting!

  6. I've never HEARD of such a thing, I can't even imagine it - - - even after SEEING it here with my very own eyes!

  7. Looks WONDERFUL! I make the leek & potatoe soup (vichyssoise) and put cucumbers in it since we have so many. I love things like this! Thanks for sharing! XO

  8. We're not there yet, but I'll look for this recipe when the time comes!

  9. Love this idea, Maggie. I've never had lettuce soup! It sounds wonderful. Copying the recipe now.

    (I love the way Kate says that too!)

  10. It looks wonderful!
    I think my lettuce was eaten by the deer! :(

  11. I must say that I have never ever had lettuce soup! I will ter it when I have lots of extra lettuce. thanks for sharing this recipe.

  12. Looks delicious...what a great use of extra lettuce. thanks for the recipe.

  13. Maggie, I'm sorry I missed this when you posted. I'm always running late these days!
    Lettuce soup sounds delicious to me, but I'd be eating lots of salads with all that lettuce. ~ Sarah

  14. Love any type of long as it's vegetarian, and this one sounds really fresh and delicious.

    Thanks for sharing........and look at that great bread, a perfect lunch!

  15. What a beautiful post! And the recipe -- I will have to save until we're back in Oregon. No such thing as too much lettuce here in hot hot Florida, at least this time of year. I loved looking at your pictures.

    I'll come back for more of your lovely blog -- and to find out what those red signs are (in the post above)....


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