Total Time
2hrs
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is a soup that my Slovak grandmother used to make when I was a little girl. She used lettuce she would pick fresh out of her garden. I still make this soup every summer and remember her sitting in her kitchen sipping coffee with my mother and aunt. It brings back such fond memories.

Directions

  1. In a cast iron skillet (this the best but you can use any type skillet) Fry 2 lb. of bacon (to render fat, but not crisp the bacon).
  2. Remove bacon from skillet leaving the fat in the pan.
  3. Allow the fat to brown (slightly).
  4. For every 2 Tablespoons of browned fat rendered add 2 tablespoons of flour.
  5. Stirring constantly, brown flour in fat to a deep golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool slightly so as not to curdle the milk when added.
  7. Once cooled, add 1 cup of milk for ever 2 tablespoons of flour used.
  8. Bring to rolling boil stirring constantly.
  9. Add torn up lettuce and cut up bacon to the browned fat and flour mixture.
  10. Bring back to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  11. Add eggs to mixture making sure to stir it throughout the soup.
  12. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook for about 1 hour (until lettuce is cooked down).
  13. Salt to taste.
  14. Serve with a crusty French bread.
Most Helpful

This is a very easy recipe to make. But I think I did something wrong. I messed with the recipe & it was gooply gloppy not soupy. I halved the bacon, then halved the rendered fat but followed the proportions correctly. I added more milk & some water. Someone once told me "never underestimate the thickening power of flour." The flavor was good. I think an important part of this recipe is your Grandmother making it!! My kids both tried it & liked it. I liked it, too...it just didn't seem quite right. I thought simmering lettuce for an hour was crazy but it takes that much time for the flour flavor to cook out. Thank you for posting!

Elmotoo August 31, 2006

Delicious! Thank you for posting! My Slovak husband loved it and paid me the highest compliment by saying that it was almost as good as his mother's lettuce soup:) I must confess that I only used 1 pound of bacon and it was still very good. It freezes well too.

Fox Hollow February 15, 2013