I want to make my mom a lentil soup, but we didn't have carrots. So I found a recipe but it called for escarole. I have no idea what that is, but it looks like lettuce. So could I use regular iceburg lettuce instead of it? Or just not use lettuce or whatever at all?? Thanks
I wouldn't use lettuce ... escarole has a bitter flavour to it and a heartier texture that keeps it from breaking down too much when cooked. Your regular lettuce varieties such as iceburg won't hold up to being cooked.
A lentil soup doesn't require lettuce ... often, the lentils are enough.