Leftover lettuce, spring onions and potatoes transformed into a tasty soup.
You can replace the lettuce with other vegetables like carrots, broccoli & cauliflower, cooked or raw, if that’s what you’ve got leftover! And if you’ve got some spare bread that’s past its best; brush with olive oil, bake until crisp and cut into croutons.
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Gluten | Celery | Sulphites
Please note the allergens listed above are indicative only. Allergens vary depending on brand; check the labels on the products you use.
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 bunch spring onions, washed and sliced thinly
- 2 medium-sized new potatoes, scrubbed and chopped
- 1/2 large lettuce, shredded and washed
- 1/2 tsp dried herbs
- 250 ml reduced salt vegetable stock
- 80 g frozen sweetcorn
- 200 g borlotti beans, canned and drained
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Black pepper, to taste
- Any fresh herbs, washed and chopped to garnish (optional)
- 1 slice of bread (optional)
- 1 tsp olive oil (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 5 (if making croutons).
Gently heat 2 tsp olive oil in a saucepan then add the spring onions and fry gently for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add the potatoes and lettuce and cook for another few minutes.
Add the stock to the saucepan along with the dried herbs and stir well.
- Bring to the boil then turn the heat down and simmer gently until the potatoes are tender - around 10 minutes.
- (Optional) While the soup is cooking, make the croutons by brushing the bread with oil and baking in the oven for about 10 minutes until crisp. Cut the baked bread into small chunks.
- Remove the pan from the heat and use the hand-held blender to blitz until smooth.
- Stir in the sweetcorn and beans and put the pan back on the stove. Simmer for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the balsamic vinegar, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Divide between bowls and sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs and croutons (if using).
So thinking about Summer garden soup ...
Vegetables are so good for us! Low in fat, sugar and calories and high in vitamins and minerals.
Beans of all types are fantastically healthy! Low in fat, sugar and calories and high in protein, B vitamins and fibre.
Potatoes are very nutritious and low in calories. If eaten with the skin on they are high in complex carbohydrates and fibre. They are also a good source of vitamin C and B6, as well as a range of minerals.
|-||Energy||951kJ / 227kcal||11%|
per 363g serving
% of an adult's reference intake
Typical values per 100g: Energy 262kJ / 62kcal
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