Simple Summer Pea Soup

June 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm 7 comments

I’ve been doing quite a bit of baking lately (recipes to come, get ready!)- testing out and eating much more dessert and chocolate than I usually do. You could say I have the “baking bug”, which I don’t want to call a bad thing, but I foresee a bit more green in the days ahead. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweets but I’ve been going a little overboard and I need to restore a little balance– let’s just leave it at cookies, fudge, more cake balls, layer cake, and a new ice cream concoction I am trying to nail down. Too much? : )

Which leads me to my post today, a Simple Summer Pea Soup — refreshing and light, this chilled soup is perfect for a warm summer day or when you need something green and healthy. I whipped up a quick batch this morning and stuck it in the fridge so it would be nice and cool for my lunch today!

I love the simplicity of this dish but feel free to add more herbs or spices to your liking (sub fresh mint for the rosemary). You could also sprinkle soup with grated parmesan or drizzle with olive oil, or you could add 1/2 cup heavy cream for a richer soup. I like the texture of the skins of the peas but go ahead and strain the soup after blending if you want it really smooth. This soup could be served chilled or warmed (my preference is cold) but either would be good. Serve with crusty bread, crackers or parmesan toast for a light meal.

Simple Summer Pea Soup

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil or butter
1 small sweet onion, chopped (a cup or so)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp dried rosemary, chopped/crushed, optional
3 cups fresh or frozen green peas (I used frozen for convenience but fresh is ideal!)
1 3/4 to 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (for vegetarian option), depending on how thick you want soup
Salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream, plain yogurt or creme fraiche for serving, optional (omit for vegan)

Directions

1. Heat butter or oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and rosemary (if using) and cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
2. Add peas to the pan and stir, cook for one minute until peas are no longer frozen. If using fresh peas, you can add to pan and stir briefly.
3. In a large blender or food processor, add pea/onion mixture and broth and puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. *If you want to strain the mixture to avoid the skins, use a mesh strainer at this time.
4. If you want a cold soup, either pour into bowls and place in fridge or if you prefer a warm soup, add blended mixture back to saucepan and heat. Before serving, drizzle sour cream, yogurt or cream fraiche, if desired.

Recipe Notes: If serving cold, the idea is to not cook the peas much to maintain their beautiful bright green color. If you want to cook the peas thoroughly in the pan first, feel free but the color will be a more muted green. I just enjoy the taste of fresh peas🙂

Entry filed under: Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetarian. Tags: , , , , .

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jen  |  June 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I love peas! I should start bookmarking more of your recipes. It would make eating gluten-free a lot easier for me! (Although, I’ve found it to not be as hard as I thought it would be!) I don’t usually like chilled soups, but since the weather is heating up, I might have to give this one a go.

    And as for the baking bug…definitely not a bad thing! Whenever it bites me, I usually earn brownie points by giving it all away to family and friends. The way to people’s hearts is through their mouths!🙂

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    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  June 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Aren’t peas so yummy?!? This soup would be good warm too if you don’t like chilled soups but it’s worth a try! : )
      So true about baking for others and earning brownie points! Now if only I could stop eating all the stuff I make haha

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  • 3. foodrefashionista  |  June 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. It was simple and good and I got rid of my half-bag of frozen peas. I hope you post more soups; I love them: cold, tepid, warm, and hot!

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    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  June 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback! I love soups too and will definitely post more🙂
      Hugs,
      Nora

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  • 5. Sweet Potato Carrot Soup « Natural Noshing  |  June 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    […] making my refreshing and chilled pea soup last month, I kept thinking about other soup recipes to make that would be yummy during the hot […]

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  • 6. Erica Clements  |  June 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Awesomely delicious and healthy! We made it and had bunless turkey burgers alongside the pea soup tonight. Perfect soup for hot Florida weather!

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    • 7. naturalnoshing  |  June 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Sounds like a yummy summer meal to me! So glad you enjoyed the soup, I need to match another batch soon but this time with bunless burgers like you!

      Reply

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