Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pea Soup

When Nate and I are on extreme opposite schedules, I will try to stay up and eat dinner with him.  But sometimes no matter how hard I try, I can't keep my eyes open.   So when this happens I leave a dish prepared for him to just pop in the microwave to reheat.  Also, I always cook recipes with leftovers in mind.  I'd rather him eat leftovers for lunch the next day than stop by a McDonalds on his way to the restaurant.  For these reasons, every recipe I try or come up with must reheat well.  

I threw this soup together one night a couple years ago.  It has simple ingredients, but you can dress it up as much or little as you like.  This soup is perfect to throw together for a week night dinner or a weekend dinner party.  And for those of you that eat with your eyes, the green color of this soup is stunning!  



Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2/3 cup white wine (plus 1 glass for you :) )
4 cups chicken stock
2 16oz bags of frozen peas
handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt
pepper
Toppings: chives, cheese, sour cream, croutons, bacon, tomatoes, etc.

Directions
In 1 tablspoon of olive oil on medium-high heat, brown the chopped onions and season with salt and pepper.  When the onions begin to turn brown on the edges, add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Turn the heat down to medium and pour in the white wine, stir, and let simmer for a minute or so.  

Add the chicken stock and the frozen bags of peas.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine and bring back to a boil.  Let boil for 7 minutes or until the peas are nice and tender.

Then either transfer the soup into a blender in batches and blend to your preferred consistency and return it to the pot, OR use a stick blender and blend the soup in the pot.

Let the soup simmer for 1-2 more minutes.  Reduce the heat to low.  Add the chopped herbs and stir in the heavy cream.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Serve with your favorite toppings cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, sour cream, croutons, chives, tomatoes, bacon, etc.

Other Variations
-Instead of using heavy cream, use mascarpone cheese.
-If you would like a thicker soup, use 3 cups of chicken stock
-For a vegetarian version, use vegetable stock
-Instead of cilantro try basil or mint (I've tried both and both are delicious!  I usually buy which ever herb looks the best or is on sale that day)
-If there are some good looking fresh peas at the store or farmers market, then by all means, go fresh!

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16 comments:

  1. Mmmmmm. That looks amazing. I may just steal this recipe if that's alright. I am following you from the MBC. Feel free to swing by Horseshoes and say Hi:

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  2. Hi! Thanks so much for visiting YummyMummyKitchen.com! I'm following you back. Love the name of your blog! So cute!

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  3. Tania - Let me know what you think once you try it! Love to hear feedback and other variations. Thanks for visiting :)

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  4. Yum! That looks super tasty, I definitely am going to have to try it. :o)

    ~Kristin

    http://kinder-words.blogspot.com/

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  5. New follower checking in from MBC!

    Looks good! My husband loves pea soup so I will have to try this out!

    come check me out:
    http://carmen-mommytalk.blogspot.com/

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  6. It is so good! The herbs really enhance the flavor of the peas. Going home to eat some left overs now :)

    Thanks for following!

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  7. Thanks for the great post! I am following you!
    Kim @ http://madeinaday.com

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  8. That's exactly what I was thinking...the color is so stunning! This sounds so delicious and comforting :D

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  9. Wow... your pea soup is so much classier than mine! Sounds good!

    Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and am salivating at all the great recipes! ~ Ellen

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  10. The shredded cheddar sure is classy isn't it? lol Parmesan shavings instead of cheddar seem to dress it up even more.

    Thanks for following everyone!

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  11. I am obsessed with making soups right now (must be the weather), and this one is next on the list--it sounds delicious! I am following here and on facebook...I'm looking forward to getting more great recipes!

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  12. Thanks for following on Facebook as well, I just set up that page so it is a little behind on followers :)

    Can't wait to hear what you think of the soup!

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  13. pea soup looks absolutely delicious.. fabulous recipe... thanks a lot for visiting my space and for your comments.. :)

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  14. Yum. I've never had pea soup until my husband took me to this place in central california called Anderson's Pea soup. Now I love it. I'll have to give this recipe to my husband so he can make it for me.

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  15. My husband's favorite. Thanks for the recipe! Beautiful picture!

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  16. Looks yummy,thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

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