Lettuce Soup

Sounds awful, looks OK, tastes great!

Makes enough for 4 people

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion – roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
3-4 heads of little gem lettuce
2 smallish potatoes – peeled and diced into small cubes
1 red chili
1 litre or so of vegetable stock
3-4 tablespoons cream cheese, natural yogurt or cream – I used Quark

Heat the oil in a large saucepan then add the onion. Fry gently until soft and translucent then add the garlic. Make a slit in the chili then add this whole into the pan. Now roughly chop the lettuce and add to the pan along with the potatoes. Cover with stock, bring to the boil then simmer for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

Remove from the heat, take the chili out and discard. Blend the soup in a food processor or with a stick blender, adding the creamy ingredient towards the end. Return to the heat and serve hot.

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