Italian Food and Flavours

Lettuce soup: zuppa di lattuga

  • Lettuce soup

 Lettuce soup with broad beans spring onions and chorizo

It is the time of year when there is a lot of produce in the garden and there is a special light and very tasty soup that combines a very of those ingredients with a little spice. Obviously the chorizo is not a normal addition to the Marche version but it helps give a bit of bite.

20g butter
spring onions, bunch
400g veg stock
3 heads of lettuce
250g broad beans
olive oil
salt and pepper
60g chorizo
mint leaves to serve


melt the butter and and the finely slice onions and cook to soft not brown, about 5 minutes. pour in the stock and bring up to a boil and add the shredded lettuce and half the beans, cook on a gentle boil for 5 minutes more.
Blend in a food processor until smooth adding more stock if it gets too thick, and season. Blanch the rest of the beans. Fry the chopped chorizo in oil to crisp them up a bit and then add the beans and stir them in with the sausage and oil.
Serve the hot soup topped with the sausage and bean mix and a few torn mint leaves.