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"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Pea Soup

Spring Pea Soup

This extremely simple soup is perfect for spring! It is served at room temperature, so you can make it a little in advance and garnish just before serving.

fresh peas

Of course, fresh peas are the best thing ever. But this tasted very sweet and delicious with frozen peas, so you can enjoy a taste of springtime anytime.  

This recipe is inspired by Cooking Light magazine. Here's what you need for delicious soup:

3 cups fresh or frozen, thawed peas
1 cup baby spinach
1 small garlic clove
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons crème fraîche, sour cream or greek yogurt

baby spinach

Thaw peas with cold water if necessary. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the peas.  Wait 30 seconds and add the spinach and garlic. The water should just come back to a boil in about 20-30 seconds, then drain the pea mixture into a colander and rinse with cold water. 

peas and spinach

Add the pea mixture to a blender and pour in the chicken stock.  Add salt and puree until very smooth.  

pea soup

Pour the soup into small bowls to serve. This will serve 4-6 for a small appetizer or side dish, or 2-3 for lunch.  

creme fraiche on pea soup

Add a few little dollops of crème fraîche, sour cream or greek yogurt to each bowl. Drag the tip of a wooden skewer or toothpick through the cream to make it all pretty. 

creme fraiche on pea soup

So easy, but so lovely!  It only takes a few minutes to whip this up but it looks special. 

Spring Pea Soup

Top the soup with toasted pine nuts and a little chopped dill.

spring pea soup

This makes a lovely starter or side dish with lamb in the spring. Leftovers work great chilled or at room temperature for lunch the next day.

Happy Spring!  Enjoy!
Spring Pea Soup made with fresh peas and spinach, topped with creme fraiche, dill and toasted pinenuts.

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