3.26.2013

Food and Drink: Minted Green Pea Soup




On March 20th we officially welcomed spring (finally!). After the harshest winter in recent memory I was relieved to know that the worst was finally over, despite the chill that's still hanging around. One of the things I love most about spring is the shift away from the carb heavy diet most people opt for during winter months. I start to look forward to all the fresh fruits and vegetables that will soon be available, and the Farmers Markets that will spring up all over Toronto. Side note: I could spend all day wandering around a Famers Market. These happy thoughts put me in the mood for Minted Green Pea Soup. This classic flavour combination is bright and refreshing, and the vibrantly hued soup is a perfect way to welcome spring.




You'll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 1/2 cups stock -- chicken or vegetable 
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Over medium heat melt the butter until it begins to foam. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook for 3 minutes until the onion is softened, stirring occasionally.

Add the stock and water to the pot, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the peas. Bring the pot back up to a boil, add the mint and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

Using a blender puree the soup until smooth. If you're making a large quantity of soup, you may need to puree the soup in small batches. Return to the pot and reheat when you're ready to serve.






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