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Sweet Pea Soup Recipe

Sweet Pea Soup Recipe

This is a super-simple version of the classic French spring treat using the first tender, sweet peas, but it works just as well with frozen ones. Either way, the result is a nourishing soup whose refreshing color echoes the earliest spring leaves–a real celebration of the revitalizing power of the season.

You can serve Sweet Pea Soup plain, or topped with a tasty Rustic Lemon-Herb garnish: the recipe is included. Get the easy instructions for this lovely soup here:


Sweet Pea Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
3 1/2 cups peas, fresh or frozen
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup heavy cream

Rustic Lemon-Herb Garnish

Handful fresh parsley leaves
Handful fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
zest from 1/2 lemon

1. In a medium soup-pot, melt the butter over low heat and stir in the onion. Partially cover the pot and allow the onions to saute for 5 minutes.

2. Add vegetable stock, peas, potato, salt and pepper and bring to a bubbling simmer. Reduce heat a bit, cover the pot, and cook at a low simmer until the potato is tender, about 12 minutes.

3. Transfer the majority of the solids to a blender or food processor using a slotted spoon. Add a ladleful of broth, and process until smooth. Put the puree back into the pot, add cream, and reheat, but do not allow to come to a boil.

4. To make the Rustic Lemon-Herb Garnish, if using, place the parsley, mint, and onion in a mound on your chopping board. Using the finest-size grater, grate the zest on top, then chop everything finely. Sprinkle each serving of soup with some of this mixture.

Serves 4.

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Inspired by Soup Makes the Meal, by Ken Haedrich (Harvard Common Press, 2001).

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9:50AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012


7:05AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Thank you

12:33AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Yummy soup recipe! Love it. Thanks.

1:20PM PST on Jan 24, 2010

Thanks, will try a vegan version, though.

8:22AM PDT on Apr 10, 2008

This sounds great! I love fresh peas, but always have trouble coming up with new uses. Thanks - I think I'll try this tonight.

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