It's back to soup. May be a bit prematurely but since I have been cooking a few lunches for a neighbourg recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I had to think about simple attractive dishes.
And what is best than a bowl of soup when you have lost your appetite?
I picked this soup because it's fresh and .........very green, cooking lettuce might sound a bit weird but once cooked the taste is not much different from raw: very mild flavour with a certain sweetness, here enhanced by the peas and the caramalised bacon.
Lettuce, Pea and Caramelised Bacon Soup
1 Bacon rasher (chopped small) per person
2 teaspoons sugar
400g frozen peas
4 little gem or a large lettuce chopped roughly
600ml vegetable stock (chicken will do and that's roughly a pint and a bit)
salt & pepper to taste
In a small pan, heat butter and fry the bacon dices until quite crispy, add 2 teaspoons sugar and stir without stopping until all the sugar is melted
Remove the bacon and reserve. Replace by the lettuce, it will wilt fast, after a couple of minutes add the peas, salt and pepper to taste, the stock and simmer for 10 minutes.
Pour in a liquidiser or use a hand mixer and process. At this stage you have two options : serve or sieve and discard the shelves of the peas. The latter is my favourite, it doesn't lose its consistency and it's smoother.
to serve: return the bacon to the soup and add whipped double cream if you wish
Here is another Lettuce soup recipe from back when Pebble Soup began: Sexy Lettuce and Ginger Soup