Lettuce Soup Recipe

April 21, 2014 12 Comments

Incredibly Simple Yet Amazingly Tasty

Lettuce Soup RecipeWe enjoyed a great meal at the home of one of our oldest daughter’s friends recently. To start the meal Cathy served this lettuce soup recipe from her Grandma Marilyn. When I first heard we were having “lettuce” soup I thought to myself this isn’t going to taste like much because when you think of it, how much flavor does iceberg lettuce have?

After that first spoonful, I realized how wrong I was. Cathy’s grandmothers lettuce soup is delicious and full of flavor and I highly encourage you to give it a try. Easy to prepare and a great way to use up that head of lettuce hanging out in the refrigerator waiting for some Thousand Island dressing.

This lettuce soup doesn’t take long to prep but you’ll cook it for 20 to 30 minutes. We used a hand blender to puree it but a blender or food processor works just as well. And like many soups, it’s even better the next day.

How to make lettuce soup at home

Puree the lettuce soup with hand blender

Lettuce Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Lettuce Soup Recipe

Ingredients

1 small head iceberg lettuce

1/2 stick unsalted butter

1 cucumber - seeds removed, chopped

6 scallions, chopped

2 potatoes, peeled and sliced

About 1 quart chicken broth

Salt & pepper, to taste

Chives for garnish

How To Prepare At Home

Prep all the ingredients including removing the core of the head of lettuce and pulling off the leaves.

Heat a soup pot with cover over medium heat and melt butter. Add the lettuce, stir, cover and cook until wilted. This should take about 15 minutes but give it a stir occasionally so it doesn't burn. If you find the heat to high on your stove, turn it down a bit.

Add the cucumbers, scallions and potatoes. Stir to combine and reduce heat to low. Add chicken broth to the pot to cover the vegetables. You want to add enough broth so the "veggies can float around, but don't drown".

Cover and cook for 20 - 30 minutes. If you are cooking on low and the pot is covered, there's very little chance you'll overcook this soup.

We used a hand blender to puree the soup but you can use a blender or food processor. When pureeing, if the soup looks to thick, add a little more chicken stock and cook a little longer on medium heat. If it looks too thin, continue cooking it down until it reaches the right consistency.

Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. I found it needed salt so I added a little and was sure to have salt and pepper shakers on the table.

You can serve this lettuce soup hot or cold making it a perfect year round soup. Enjoy

 

Last modified on Mon 2 June 2014 7:13 am

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  1. Donna says:

    Hi, could I use something other than butter? I dont use margarine either. Thank you, Donna

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      Interesting question Donna. I suppose you could try using oil but I think the butter gives this soup a lot of flavor. Anyone else have some substitution ideas?

  2. Pam comer says:

    I have been making lettuce soup for over 30 years and am astonished that more cooks don’t make it.
    I always think it tastes like a very good asparagus soup and I have occasionally put some as a garnish.
    A lovely summer starter.

  3. John Frampton says:

    Can you freeze lettuce soup?

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      John, I don’t see why not. It never lasts that long in our house and I’ve never tried but it seems like it would be OK. I sometimes get nervous about freezing soups with cream or milk but this doesn’t have any. You should probably ask a food nutritionist if you are concerned. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out.

  4. Stephen (frugal cook) says:

    cleared out cupboard and found can of peas used it instead of cucumber
    added a bit of fresh mint. Brown nutty bread home made

    Delicious

  5. Kathy Davidson says:

    Can you substitute a good vegetable stock for the chicken stock & still have as much flavour? It seems strange having a lettuce soup that you can’t serve to vegetarians.

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      Hi Kathy, of course you can substitute veggie stock for chicken stock for vegetarians. Will it have as much flavor? I don’t think so but that doesn’t mean it still won’t be delicious. In my opinion, chicken stock has more flavor than vegetarian stock but that doesn’t mean you can’t add additional spices and herbs to give it some extra flavor. Good vegetarian stock can have tons of flavor but good roasted chicken stock will have more depth of flavor, again in my opinion.

  6. susan says:

    Finally a way to eat lettuce

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