Thanks to Julie and Julia, forgotten French classics like this one are being rediscovered.
1 1/2 pounds green lettuce, such as 1 1/2 large heads romaine or 2 heads butter lettuce
2 large leeks (white and light green parts only), split lengthwise, rinsed well, and sliced
2 tablespoons butter
About 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
Zest of 1 lemon
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup half-and-half
How to Make It
Cut ribs from lettuce and chop. Chop leaves. Set both aside separately.
Cook leeks and lettuce stems in butter in a 5- to 6-qt. pan over medium heat with 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, the zest, salt, and pepper, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in lettuce leaves and broth, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until lettuce is tender, 1 to 2 minutes.
Whirl soup in batches in a blender until very smooth, pouring as blended into a bowl. Return soup to pot and stir in half-and-half. Heat, stirring, over medium heat until steaming (don't let boil), about 2 minutes.
Ladle soup into bowls or cups and sprinkle more nutmeg on top.