About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Stuffed Lettuce Soup

We just missed this dish for Easter~ Stuffed Lettuce Soup is the traditional Easter dish on the Italian Riviera. I can't imagine the Mac's kitchen if I had announced I was bringing lettuce soup stuffed with a baby lamb. It is probably just as well...

Luckily, Marcella's version is made with veal and chicken, blended with fresh ricotta and parmigiano-reggiano ~ rolled into tender lettuce leaves.
The chicken and veal are cooked in butter then minced.
The minced meat is added to a bowl with tender veggies, herbs and ricotta.
The tender lettuce leaves are blanched to soften them, then stuffed with the meat mixture.
The lettuce rolls are tightly packed into a large saucepan then covered with meat stock (that I had made ahead and frozen).
The whole pot simmers for 30 minutes.
The lettuce rolls are served over a slice of toasted bread and covered with the thickened broth. Next time I will be a little more patient and reduce the broth after removing the tender lettuce rolls.
As lovely as this is... I think next Easter we will still have to have sugar ham and sweet potato souffle for Easter. Marcella and Victor are invited to a southern feast!
Ciao y'all,

Comments (6)


Sandi, I'll be at your house for Easter next year!

I'm sure I would enjoy this soup! Anything wrapped in lettuce has to be good for you, right?

Now this looks bloody amazing - I shall have to use up the last of my broth and make this.

Sandi, this looks fantastic and the presentation is beautiful as well.

I love stuffed cabbage rolls, lettuce cups filled with minced chicken, etc. This will be a must-make for me!

Sandi, I love the look of this soup. And I bet the taste matches!


sounds like it was worth the labor of love.

Marcella Hazan:

You are entering a unique category, Sandi. I don't know that many cooks outside of Liguria even know about this soup, let alone make it. They would strain to believe that an American is making Suffed Lettuce Soup. I am proud of you. Hugs. Marcella

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