Thursday, 29 May 2008

Lettuce or Green Soup - very easy (and tasty)

This can be made with any selection of nice green leaves, with the exception of Iceberg lettuce - as this is tasteless - and not any bitter leaves. You can add some Celery too, but peel this before chopping, so you dont get any stringy bits in the soup.

INGREDIENTS:

couple tablespoons of good Olive or Sunflower Oil + knob of Butter - (not essential)

Regular Round Lettuce - cut off stalk and wash leaves
1 white Onion - roughly chopped
1 largeish white potato - roughly chopped small
garlic - to taste - add this 'freshly squished' at the end*
S&P
Vegetable or Chicken Stock
+milk if fancied!

METHOD:

  1. Saute the chopped white onion and potato in your oil - until transparent(ish)
  2. Add your selection of lettuce leaves - (maybe some spinach, cucumber, courgette - if you have some leftover in your fridge,) turn all ingredients in the oil and cook for a minute or two.
  3. Add your stock to well cover the ingredients and cook gently, until all veggies are soft - dont overcook. * If you dont want too strong a taste of garlic, add it to the stock at this stage. Taste for seasoning - bought stock is usually quite salty.
  4. Liquidise soup - you will need to add some extra stock or milk at this stage to make a nice creamy consistency. Dont add too much at once.
Done! I personally dont like creamy soups, so thick that you can stand your spoon up in them! If you like the taste of nutmeg, you can just add a teeny pinch of this before serving, and also add a blob of sweet cream, sour cream or yogurt.

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