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Quick Veggie Soup with Spring Lettuce

Quick Veggie Soup with Spring Lettuce


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 leeks, trimmed, quartered, sliced and thoroughly rinsed

  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • Salt and pepper

  • 6 cups vegetable stock

  • 1 cup fresh peas or frozen peas

  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves, chopped

  • 5 cups torn sprig lettuce, such as Romaine or butter

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • Crusty bread


In a medium size soup pot, heat the EVOO, three turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the leeks, potatoes, carrots and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Stir for 1 minute, then cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, 6-8 minutes.

Add the stock, peas and tarragon. Simmer until the peas are just tender, 3 minutes for fresh or 5 minutes for frozen. Add the lettuce and stir until just wilted, about 30 seconds. Stir in the lemon juice. Serve with the crusty bread.