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Pea Soup

  • 35 m
  • 35 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“A simple pea soup makes an elegant start to a spring meal. It's also a great way to use frozen vegetables when the produce section is looking bleak.”

Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 stalk celery, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or parsley
    • 6 cups peas, fresh or frozen
    • ½ cup water
    • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, “no-chicken” broth (see Note) or vegetable broth
    • ½ cup half-and-half (optional)
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  • 1 Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the butter melts. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme (or parsley); cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
  • 2 Stir in peas. Add water and broth; bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until very tender, about 1 minute.
  • 3 Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir in half-and-half (if using), salt and pepper.
  • Note: Chicken-flavored broth, a vegetarian broth despite its name, is preferable to vegetable broth in some recipes for its hearty, rich flavor. Sometimes called “no-chicken” broth, it can be found with the soups in the natural-foods section of most supermarkets.
  • To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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