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

Herbed Lettuce Soup

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven *affiliate link, 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 *affiliate link, puree soup until smooth.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Nutrition
  • 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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