Herbed Lettuce Soup

Lettuce soup may seem a bit weird, but give it a chance because it’s delicious. I promise.

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There’s an episode of Gilmore Girls where Lorelai tells Sookie to see if she can put the lettuce in the soup – lettuce the inn had already paid for, but was apparently too dry for a salad. This very scene has bothered me for years. In fact, the thought of putting lettuce in soup just didn’t make any sense to me.

Herbed Beer and Lettuce Soup | @simplywhisked | Gilmore Girls Food #fridaynightdinner

A few weeks ago, I found myself with too much lettuce and nothing to do with it. Of course, lettuce soup immediately popped into my head. I thought it was a long shot, but I started searching the internet to see if it was something that could possibly work. Imagine my dismay, when I found out that lettuce soup was actually a thing. Not only a thing, but a Julia Child thing.

Herbed Beer and Lettuce Soup | @simplywhisked | Gilmore Girls Food #fridaynightdinner

So I made some amazing lettuce soup using my extra lettuce, and it was amazing. So amazing that I didn’t bother writing down the recipe. Go me.

After days of being mad at myself, I decided to give it another go.

Herbed Beer and Lettuce Soup | @simplywhisked | Gilmore Girls Food #fridaynightdinner

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Herbed Lettuce Soup

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts 1x


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, light green and white only, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup full bodied beer
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 pound romaine lettuce, trimmed and sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley + more for garnish, if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil to medium-high. Add onion and leek, sautéing until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for an additional two minutes.
  2. Add beer and deglaze any brown bits from pan.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Cover pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a strong simmer and continue to cook until lettuce is very soft, about 20 minutes.
  5. With an immersion blender or food processor, puree soup until smooth.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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