Joes Vegetable Lettuce Soup
By Joseph Parish
As most people know I am an experimenter when it comes to food and this is the result of my playing in my wife’s kitchen. When I first toyed with the idea of lettuce soup I had reservations. I thought who would want to eat a soup made from lettuce? Well to be honest – I would.
Most of the time a family will buy lettuce only to have it go bad as it sits in the refrigerator waiting to be eaten. That has happened numerous times in my home so I decided it was time to do something about the issue. Here is my simple solution. To begin this recipe rush to your local grocery store and get:
a large head of Romaine lettuce
2 cans of green peas
A hand full of dehydrated carrots
A handful of dehydrated celery
5 bullion cubes
1 can of mixed vegetables
Salt and pepper to taste
Start by placing 6 cups of cold water in a large pot. Dice up the romaine lettuce and place it in the pot. Bring the water and lettuce to a rapid boil. Add your two cans of green garden peas at this time. Bring the mixture back to a rolling boil.
Now, its time to take the emulsifier and puree the lettuce, peas and the water, if you do not have an emulsifier a blender will do. Place the mixture back into the large pot again and add the dehydrated carrots and celery, the bullion cubes and the parsley flacks. Bring the mixture to a slow boil. Slice up the smoked sausage and place it in with the other ingredents. Take one can of mixed vegetables and drain them. Add the vegetables only to the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
This dish can be served with a dollop of sour cream and crotons on the top or with some sliced French bread on the side. It certainly prevents wasting food while providing a tasty meal for the family at the same time. It is sure to change your idea of eating lettuce as a soup.
Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish