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Today we offer you a delicious romaine lettuce soup recipe, as it is done in Transylvania, with scrambled eggs and fried bacon and served with sour cream. I recommend you try this easy and tasty soup recipe, as was always done in our family.

It is a spring-summer recipe that is made of any lettuce. In our family, the most common is butterhead lettuce. Still, today we will use romaine lettuce because it is widespread here in the UK.

Let’s See the Ingredients

For this recipe, we need two pieces of more giant romaine lettuce or four smaller, enough to get six servings.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Two Pieces of Romaine Lettuce

Also, we need four large-size free-range eggs, two cloves of garlic, about 200 grams of smoked bacon or pancetta and a bunch of dills.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Smoked Bacon and Garlic Cloves
Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Four Whole Eggs
Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Chopped Dill and Garlic Cloves

Preparing the Ingredients

The first time, I opened the lettuce leaves one by one and washed them under running water to remove any sand or soil traces.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Lettuce Leaves in Bowl

After that, cut or break the lettuce leaves into small pieces to make them easier to eat and look better on the plate.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Cut Lettuce Leaves in Bowl

Finely chop the garlic cloves, which we will boil in the soup.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Chopped Garlic

How to Make the Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe?

Make the Roux

In a soup pot, heat 50 ml of sunflower oil, to which I add three spoons of flour and make a roux.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Put Flour in the Hot Oil in the Pot

Let the flour fry a little, constantly stirring until it becomes yellowish.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Frying Flour in the Pot

Then add a spoonful of sweet paprika and a little water to avoid burning paprika and flour.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Seasoning Thickener With Paprika Powder in the Pot

Simmer for one minute, and the thickening is ready, we can continue to cook the soup.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Thickener is Ready

Add the cut romaine lettuce leaves to the pot, and mix lightly with a wooden spoon to soften the leaves a little.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Put the Cut Lettuce Leaves in the Thickener

Pour the water to cover the lettuce well; I put about two litres of water, then add one spoonful of sea salt and the chopped garlic to the pot.

To enrich the flavours of the salad soup, I added two spoons of sugar, half of the chopped dill and 50 ml of white wine vinegar. This can be replaced with lemon juice, but vinegar is more suitable, in my opinion.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Chopped Garlic in the Pot Over the Lettuce

Let’s boil for about 20 minutes on medium heat; I want, and it’s tasty if the lettuce is not hard-boiled; it’s a bit crispy.

Make the Omelette

Until the soup boils, we start to fry the eggs because, in Transylvania, the lettuce soup is made with an omelette and is delicious. First, I fry the sliced and chopped bacon in a pan.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Frying Chopped Bacon in the Pan

Fry for 3-4 minutes until the bacon turns golden and slightly crispy.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Fried Chopped Bacon in the Pan

Until the bacon fries, crack the four eggs into a bowl and lightly beat them. Season with salt and pepper and mix well (I used the fork) until homogenised.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Beaten Eggs in the Bowl

Pour the beaten eggs over the fried bacon.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Pour Beaten Eggs Over the Fried Bacon

Roast the eggs until they become an omelette.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Fried Eggs and Chopped Bacon in the Pan

Finishing the soup

When the soup is almost ready, add the omelette with smoked bacon that you cut into pieces with a spoon. Season with one tablespoon of sea salt and one teaspoon of dried vegetable mix.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Add the Fried Eggs and Chopped Bacon in the Pot

In the end, add the remaining chopped dill, boil for two minutes, and the soup is ready; this was the romaine lettuce recipe in Timea’s Kitchen style.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Ready to Serve

Serving the Soup

This soup can be served both warm and cold with sour cream next to chilli or polenta.

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Served in the Bowl With Sour Cream on Top

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Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Served in the Bowl With Sour Cream and Dill on Top
Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe-Served in the Bowl With Sour Cream on Top

Romaine Lettuce Soup Recipe

Today we offer you this recipe of delicious romaine lettuce soup, as it is done in Transylvania. It is a spring-summer recipe that is made of any kind lettuce.
4.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soups
Cuisine Hungarian, Transylvanian
Servings 6 portions
Calories 158 kcal



  • 2 pieces romaine lettuce large or butterhead lettuce
  • 200 g smoked bacon or pancetta
  • 4 pieces eggs free range
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp sea salt kosher
  • 1 tsp vegetable mix for soups
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika Hungarian
  • 3 tbsp wheat flour
  • 1 bunch dill chopped
  • 50 ml sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 50 ml vinegar white


  • 1.Break the lettuce leaves, wash them well and cut them. Chop the garlic and the dill.
  • 2.Heat the sunflower oil in the soup pot, and add the wheat flour to frying, seasoning with salt and pepper and stir until it gets a yellowish colour.
  • 3.Add the sweet paprika and a little water.
  • 4.After one minute put the lettuce over the thickener in the pot.
  • 5.Addthe sliced garlic and two litter of the water. Boil about 20 minutes
  • 6.Until the soup boils, put the bacon in a frying pan. After the bacon fried and became a bit crispy, we poured eggs over and made an omelette.
  • 7.Slice the omelette and put it in the soup together with the chopped dill.
  • 8.Served hot or warm with soured cream or yoghurt.


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Serving: 1gramsCalories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 2630mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 662IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Wow, I seem to have found  new best delicacy right here. I love the simple recipe and process involved in making it. My friends do come to my place on first week of every month and I have been looking for something really nice to prepare for them. I'll show this post to my wife so she can help me with it. Thanks for such nice post. 


Wednesday 4th of September 2019

With the greatest pleasure Dane.


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Hi Timea! This cabbage soup with pork meat looks really yummy! Looking at the pictures has encouraged me to prepare it tonight. There will be some close relatives visiting us from Maramureş and they love this type of soup. I hadn't prepared it in many years and there were a few elements in the recipe I had to refresh. It has been good reading them here. Thanks!


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Thanks for the appreciation Henry, as coincidence, as you see the soup is served on the plate received from Maramures.


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Yum! I haven't tried this soup before but I will surely cook it this week because it looks really tasty, the ingridients aren't hard to find and most of all the preparation and procedure is easy to follow. Here in our country, we don't usually have lettuce as the star ingridient of soup. We usually have cabbage or potato. It's interesting for me to know about this unique Transylvanian dish and cook it for my family. I also appreciate that you added pictures so we can be guided on how the consistency and texture should look while cooking the soup. Thank you very much for sharing!


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

I recommend trying this easy and delicious summer recipe.


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

thanks for the recipe, and a great idea. I made this recipe with several variations, and it was so incredibly delicious. I used a few more potatoes, celery, and a small package of deli ham, Lettuce is such a good filler, and a healthy one. Next time, I think I might reduce the amount of broth and some some whipping cream. Thanks for sharing. 


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Good idea!


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Wow, this looks absolutely delicious. I've never tried cooking with lettuce, being much more used to it as a raw salad ingredient but I know it is often cooked in Chinese cuisine, so this recipe is fascinating. The use of eggs in this way, turning them into an omelette and then putting that in the soup sounds light but comforting. Thank you for sharing such an interesting and tasty looking recipe.

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