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Lettuce, silverbeet and parsley soup

This is a great way to use up an abundance of spring lettuces – and an especially good way of using up sprouting ones that may be a bit bitter as cooking them softens their flavour as well as texture!

Fresh from the garden: lettuce, silverbeet, parsley, potatoes, spring onions, bay
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes


  • Chopping board
  • Large knife
  • Salad spinner
  • Potato peelers
  • Bowls – 2 large, 2 medium
  • Garlic press
  • Large stockpot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Handheld mixer
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls

  • 4 spring onions
  • 1kg waxy potatoes
  • 1 big bunch lettuce, such as curly endive or sprouting cos
  • 1 big bunch silverbeet
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.5 litres water
  • Flaked salt and black pepper

What to do:

  • Wash and trim spring onions, removing & discarding the tough outer layer. Slice into 1cm bits.
  • Wash and scrub potatoes, peel & cut into 2cm cubes.
  • Wash the lettuce leaves & parsley in several changes of water and spin dry. Chop finely.
  • Wash the silverbeet in several changes of water & shake dry. Remove & chop up the stems & the leaves but keep separate.
  • Peel and press garlic cloves.
  • Melt butter in the large stockpot over medium heat and sauté spring onion and garlic for 2 minutes.
  • Add potato and bay leaves and turn so that the potato sweats in the butter. Stir with the wooden spoon.
  • Add the water, bring to a simmer over medium heat then cover and cook gently over low heat for 10 minutes, then add the sliced silverbeet stalks.
  • After 2 minutes check that the potato is tender, then stir in lettuce, parsley and silverbeet leaves, increase heat to medium and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and turn heat off, adding salt to taste and a good grind of pepper.
  • With dry hands, plug in the handheld mixer and carefully whizz the soup until it is silky smooth.
  • Taste for correct seasoning and ladle into bowls to serve.

Notes: What other vegetables can be used for soup? How many different procedures are there in this recipe? Why do we want the potato to ‘sweat’?

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