su-Creamy Lettuce Soup
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Yields Serves 4 (makes 7 cups) (serving size: 1 1/2 cups) Total Time 45 mins
Thanks to Julie and Julia, forgotten French classics like this one are being rediscovered.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Cut ribs from lettuce and chop. Chop leaves. Set both aside separately.

Step 2
2

Cook leeks and lettuce stems in butter in a 5- to 6-qt. pan over medium heat with 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, the zest, salt, and pepper, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 3
3

Stir in lettuce leaves and broth, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until lettuce is tender, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 4
4

Whirl soup in batches in a blender until very smooth, pouring as blended into a bowl. Return soup to pot and stir in half-and-half. Heat, stirring, over medium heat until steaming (don't let boil), about 2 minutes.

Step 5
5

Ladle soup into bowls or cups and sprinkle more nutmeg on top.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 1 1/2 pounds green lettuce, such as 1 1/2 large heads romaine or 2 heads butter lettuce
 2 large leeks (white and light green parts only), split lengthwise, rinsed well, and sliced
 2 tablespoons butter
  About 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  Zest of 1 lemon
 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/4 teaspoon pepper
 1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
 1/2 cup half-and-half

Directions

Step 1
1

Cut ribs from lettuce and chop. Chop leaves. Set both aside separately.

Step 2
2

Cook leeks and lettuce stems in butter in a 5- to 6-qt. pan over medium heat with 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, the zest, salt, and pepper, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 3
3

Stir in lettuce leaves and broth, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until lettuce is tender, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 4
4

Whirl soup in batches in a blender until very smooth, pouring as blended into a bowl. Return soup to pot and stir in half-and-half. Heat, stirring, over medium heat until steaming (don't let boil), about 2 minutes.

Step 5
5

Ladle soup into bowls or cups and sprinkle more nutmeg on top.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Creamy Lettuce Soup