1 cup chopped onions, scallions, and/or shallots
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup diced (1/3 inch) peeled potato
8 cups coarsely chopped lettuce leaves including ribs (3/4 lb)
3 cups water
Cook onion mixture and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter in a 4- to 5-quart heavy
pot over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add
coriander, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in potato,
lettuce, and water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered,
until potato is very tender, about 10 minutes.
Purée soup in batches in a blender (use caution when blending hot liquids) and
transfer to a 2- to 3-quart saucepan. Bring soup to a simmer, then whisk in
remaining tablespoon butter and salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 4 servings.