Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dorie Greenspan’s Cheating-on-Winter Pea Soup

Tasty pea soup recipe from one of my favorite French cookbooks: Around My French Tables

Makes 4 servings

PREP: 25 minutes

TOTAL: 30 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 3 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 8 ounces frozen peas (do not thaw)
  • 4 cups (lightly packed) sliced romaine lettuce (1/2 of medium head)
  • Crème fraîche or sour cream
  • Crumbled cooked bacon


  • Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups broth; bring to boil. Stir in peas and lettuce. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until peas are tender and flavors blend, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to same saucepan and bring to simmer, adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls to thin soup to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide soup among 4 bowls. Top with dollop of crème fraîche and/or bacon.

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