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Spring Greens Soup

You can also garnish this delicate soup with scented-geranium leaves and flowers.

  • servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups (about 1 pound) finely chopped shallots
  • 4 cups (about 1 1/2 pounds) chopped leeks, white and light-green parts only
  • 4 cups (about 1 3/4 pounds) chopped sweet onions
  • 4 cups (10 ounces) chopped scallions, white and light-green parts only
  • 12 cups Homemade Chicken Stock Homemade Chicken Stock
  • 10 cups (about 2 pounds) chopped Boston or other soft lettuce, plus 1 leaf, julienned, for garnish
  • 6 tablespoons snipped chives
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh dill sprigs, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 2 1/2 bunches) packed fresh tarragon leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup (about 1 bunch) packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Melt the butter in a medium stockpot set over medium-low heat. Add the shallots, the leeks, the onions, and the scallions. Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 20 minutes. Add 4 cups chicken stock, and stir well.

  2. Step 2

    Add the lettuce, and cook, covered, until the lettuce has wilted, about 10 minutes. Add snipped chives, dill, tarragon, and parsley; cook, covered, until very aromatic, about 10 minutes more.

  3. Step 3

    Fill the jar of a blender halfway full with mixture; blend until well combined but some texture remains, being careful not to puree. Transfer soup to a large bowl; blend remaining mixture. Rinse out the stockpot.

  4. Step 4

    Return soup to stockpot, and set over medium heat. Stir in the remaining 8 cups stock; season with salt and pepper. Cook until heated throughout. Before serving, garnish with dill, tarragon, and the julienned lettuce.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 1999