Edit ModuleShow Tags

Celtuce: My Newest Farmers Market Find

Celtuce: My Newest Farmers Market Find | Food and Nutrition Magazine | Stone Soup Blog

Cindy Gay, RD, LD This featured post is by Cindy Gay, RD, LD. Follow her on Twitter @ScrappyRD.

I'm always looking for something new at the farmers market. Even in winter, I'm not disappointed. This week's find was celtuce. Also known as stem lettuce, celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce and, in China, "wosun," celtuce is grown primarily for its thick edible stem which has a crisp, moist and mild flavor. Tweet this Peel the thick outer part and discard that prior to cooking or eating the tender interior.

This recipe for Spintuce Soup was inspired by Spinoccoli Soup — a spinach and broccoli soup recipe by Rachael Ray.

Spintuce (Spinach and Celtuce) Soup Tweet this

Recipe by Cindy Gay, RD, LD


  • 1 tablespoon buttery spread
  • ¼ cup shallots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium red potato, peeled and shredded
  • ¾ cup celtuce, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, stems removed
  • ⅔ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoon roasted pepitas, crushed 


  1. In a medium soup pot over medium heat, sauté shallots and garlic in buttery spread for 2 minutes.
  2. Add potato, celtuce and thyme. Sauté an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in stock and bring to a boil. Add spinach and stir until it wilts, about 3 minutes.
  4. Blend in a countertop blender or using immersion blender.
  5. Serve soup garnished with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and crushed roasted pepitas.

Cindy Gay, RD, LD, recently retired from her job in health care. She serves as historian for the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and blogs at Cindy's Health Meals. Connect with her on Twitter and Pinterest.

(Photo: PicturePartners/iStock/Thinkstock)

Edit Module

More Stone Soup

Apple-Quinoa Meatballs

Apple-Quinoa Meatballs

For this recipe, I decided to have a little fun with my love for meatballs in this sweet and savory mix of apple, beef and quinoa.
National Junk Food Day: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body

National Junk Food Day: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body

In most Westernized countries we have developed a very strong narrative about what eating “should” look like.
Massaged Kale Salad with Variations

Massaged Kale Salad with Variations

There are many different ways to prepare kale, from adding it to soups and stews to making kale chips, but the easiest cooking method is giving it a special treatment by preparing a massaged kale salad. Young tender kale and the "dinosaur kale" variety work especially well for this simple-yet-delicious recipe. Making a massaged kale salad can be a fun cooking activity for your children too. Getting their hands dirty in the kitchen is always fun for the little ones.
Farro Stars in Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper Slices

Farro Stars in Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper Slices

Farro is a favorite in my household. And, most of the time I have leftover farro or lentils lying around, waiting to be eaten — or turned into these upgraded stuffed peppers.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Advertise with Food & Nutrition
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Stone Soup

Guest bloggers from around the world share with Food & Nutrition Magazine.

About This Blog

Stone Soup is a guest blog written by members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Content — including information, recipes and views expressed — is that of the authors and does not reflect the positions or policies of Food & Nutrition Magazine or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Bloggers are required to pledge they will not write for Stone Soup on topics, companies or trade organization they currently represent or have represented at any time.

Learn about our guest blogs!

Comments Policy

Food & Nutrition Magazine provides this forum to exchange ideas, opinions and contributions within a positive community. Diverse viewpoints and constructive, respectful dialogue are welcome. Rudeness, misinformation, self-promotion and abuse are not. We reserve the right, without warning or notification, to remove comments and block users we determine violate this policy or our Terms & Conditions. You must include your name or be logged into a personal account on Disqus, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to comment.


Edit Module

Get Stone Soup in Your RSS

Use your RSS reader's instructions to add Stone Soup to your list:

Atom Feed Subscribe to the Stone Soup Feed »

Get Our Blogs in Your Email

Stone Soup
Student Scoop