We recently had a big 30th birthday bash with a rotisserie of lamb that people ate with a selection of sides like shredded lettuce, red onion, tomato, warmed pita bread and of course garlic yoghurt sauce. Needless to say I over-catered and was left with a ridiculous amount of shredded lettuce and red onion. Feeling slightly worse for wear the following day I wanted to eat something light, comforting and nourishing and I definiately didn’t want to go shopping for extra ingredients!
My lettuce and pea soup is so easy and quick and you’d be surprised at how this soup can pack a flavour punch when made lovingly from leftover or wilting lettuce. I would say most people have these ingredients at home so when you want to create magic from staple ingredients, I’d suggest giving this soup a go.
1 large red onion diced
1 large lettuce roughly chopped
3 cups frozen peas
1 heaped tablespoon vegetable stock powder
5-6 cups cold water
small handful of fresh mint roughly chopped (to taste)
1-2 cups cold milk
salt and pepper to taste
- On a low heat add a dash of olive oil to a soup pot and sweat the red onion.
- Add the lettuce and peas and wilt slightly, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add the vegetable stock powder and water and simmer covered on a low heat for 30 minutes or until the lettuce is soft.
- Add in the mint and milk and cook for anther 5 minutes. Season to taste.
- When slightly cooled blend the soup and aim for a thick and creamy consistency.
* Ideally you’d use a homemade vegetable stock but if you want to make this soup quick and healthy make sure you use a salt reduced powdered stock if that’s your alternative.
** If you wanted to make this soup extra creamy you could add some natural yoghurt to the soup and stir through before serving.
Lettuce aka ‘rabbit food’ is a common ingredient in most Australian sandwiches and I was surprised at how versatile and nutritious this staple ingredient really is. Super low in calories, lettuce is a source of protein, it has a high water content making it a great ‘slimming’ food, it’s also a source of fibre which aides in good digestion, it contains Vitamin C, it has a low glycemic-index helping keep your blood sugar levels steady and lettuce has even been known to help with insomnia! It’s not an expensive ingredient and it provides so much good-for-you yumminess so make sure you include lettuce in your weekly produce basket.