Pea and Lettuce Soup

"This is a french recipe my mum copied from a library cook book. I make it a bit differently to the original recipe and have included the changes that I have made in brackets. Please let me know if it is confusing. Everone (so far!) loves my adaptation, it has a great flavour and is just so smooth and creamy. We usually eat this with baked vegetables and buttered green beans mixed with chopped fresh tomato. I hope you like this as much as we all do! Cooking time is only approximate as I haven't taken note of this and is for my adapted version."
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  • 30 g unsalted butter (I use reduced salt)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cups chicken stock (I use water or vegetable stock)
  • 1 kg baby peas (I use frozen and add them after the lettuce has wilted)
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup milk (I use rice milk)
  • 90 ml cream (I use natural yoghurt)
  • of fresh mint (I cook this with the lettuce)
  • salt and pepper


  • Cook onion gently in butter.
  • Add stock and peas, simmer until peas are tender.
  • Add lettuce and cook until wilted.
  • Add milk and puree until smooth.
  • Reheat in pan, season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with a swirl of cream and chopped mint.

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  1. Needed to use alot of leftover mixed salad greens from a wedding and because we had tried this soup at a local restaurant, I did my zaar search and wasn't dissapointed. Used about 4-5 cups of frozen peas, 1 cup 10% cream and no mint. Delish without any seasoning.
  2. I made this soup for lunch today. We have a glut of lettuces in the garden so decided to try this soup.... it was delicious and I will be using it frequently. It was quite a thick consistency so it would be alright to reduce the quantity of peas.
  3. I had a ton of lettuce in the house a few weeks ago and didn't want it to all go to waste. This was the perfect recipe for me that day. I left out the mint, and used vegetable stock to make this vegetarian, but aside from that, didn't change anything else. We did feel that the amount of peas overshadowed the delicate taste of the lettuce, 1 kilo is way too many peas, it also made the soup a little too thick. Next time I'll use only 500 grams of frozen peas, and life should be sublime!


<img src="">i, HI have three children; two son's, the eldest very fussy about his food! and one daughter who in on an anti-candida diet and is also dairy and gluten intolerant.. I am vegetarian, but almost a vegan (unfortunately!) as I can really only tolerate butter and a little low fat milk. I also put myself on the anti-candida diet as well so that my daughter does not feel left out (she was only 3 years old at the time) and lo and behold I have found that if I eat anything that is not part of the diet I feel tired, lethargic, nauseous and get headaches. It wasn't just stress after all! I like trying new recipes, they say a change is as good as a holiday (but I wouldn't knock one back!) and recipezaar is such a good source.
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