Fresh Pea Soup

The recipe is from the cookbook, Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2 leeks)
1 cup chopped yellow onion
4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
5 cups freshly shelled peas or 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen peas
2/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup chopped fresh chives
Garlic croutons, for serving

Heat the butter in a large saucepan, add the leeks and onion, and cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until the onion is tender. Add the chicken stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the peas and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the peas are tender. (Frozen peas will take only 3 minutes.) Off the heat, add the mint, salt, and pepper.

Puree the soup in batches: place 1 cup of soup in a blender, place the lid on top, and puree on low speed. With the blender still running, open the venthole in the lid and slowly add more soup until the blender is three-quarters full. Pour the soup into a large bowl and repeat until all the soup is pureed.

It’s from this point that I vary from Ina’s recipe. She serves it hot, with Crème Fraîche. I refrigerate it overnight, then serve it with a dollop of sour cream, or some hearty croutons. Either way, delicious, even for the Non-Pea-Eaters in the family.

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4 thoughts on “Fresh Pea Soup

  1. I feel like I haven’t commented in eons. With kids home during summer, I don’t have the time to be on the computer, especially since I tell my kids not to!

    Your pea soup recipe is very politically timely. Did you hear that Obama got in hot water with the Pea and lentil Association for telling people balancing the budget was like eating your peas, or something like that. You should rename the recipe “Pull off the band aid. Eat our pea soup” and tweet it to the Pea association as a dig to Obama.

    Looks like you are having a good summer. We’re heading back up to the Adirondacks. The heat here in Westchester is horrible. I hope it’s better in Rhode Island.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer. I’ll check back in when I can. Great photos this week of the produce at the farm stand and in your garden.

    1. Catherine! Nice to hear from you. Summers are tough for most people and a good time to pack away the computer. I completely agree.

      A terrific idea to rename the recipe. However, I’m not sure Ina Garten would approve, since it came from her cookbook. Darn, had it been a recipe I came up with myself, FOR SURE I’d rename it…in a flash. Any chance to get in an Obama dig, I’m all for it.

      YOU enjoy the rest of your summer, too. Hot here in RI as well.

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