Grandma Rita’s Legendary Lettuce Soup


Eat the Week: Every meal, every dayDon’t turn the page on this one. It may not sound like it’ll be the best thing you’ve ever eaten – but believe me, this is so good. It’s one of the things I most remember eating from my childhood. Grandma would make this time and time again for us, and I could never get enough of it…

  • Yield: 6
  • Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 large white onion, roughly chopped
  • large knob of butter
  • 2 bibb (butter) lettuces, roughly shredded
  • 35 fl oz 4 cups (1 litre) vegetable stock
  • 17 fl oz 2 cups (500 ml) milk
  • 1 romaine (cos) lettuce, roughly shredded
  • crème fraîche (sour cream) and rocket (arugula), to serve
How to Make It
  1. Take a large saucepan and add the onion, along with the butter. Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium–low heat for a few minutes until the onion softens.
  2. Add the bibb lettuce, vegetable stock and milk, then bring to the boil and cook for around 10 minutes until the lettuce wilts.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the romaine lettuce, stir and allow to cool for a few minutes before blending until smooth. Check for seasoning I love a little extra white pepper here.
  4. Return the soup to the pan and gently reheat. Ladle into bowls, add a dollop of crème fraîche and a handful of rocket, then serve.

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