Pea Soup {Do people really crochet underwear?}

pea soup

There I was, sitting in the sun on my deck, greeting golfers as they passed by on their way to the next hole.

When those I knew asked what I was up to, I simply said “shelling peas” – as if it were as commonplace as “watering my plants” or “walking the dog.”  I might as well have said “I am crocheting a new pair of underwear.” or “I am teaching myself morse code.” Most responded with that funny expression a dog makes when he hears something confusing and cocks his head to one side.

At that point I’d just wish them luck with their game and go back to the task at hand.

I had taken a field trip that morning to the Mill City Farmers Market and loaded up on fresh peas. And by loaded up, I mean I bought a BUNCH of peas. I was going to make pea bruschetta and pea soup and pea guacamole and then I was going to freeze all the leftover peas I’d have. I looked forward to the pride I’d feel, reaching in the freezer for a bag of those peas, long after the season had ended, knowing that I had shelled them myself.

Thirty minutes into shelling, I had one serving of peas. One.  And though the pile of pods in front of me was still looming large, I realized they wouldn’t yield nearly as much as I hoped. When I finally finished, I stared at my “accomplishment” knowing I was in an either/or situation, recipe-wise, and would have to choose just one to showcase MY peas.

Inspired by a lunch I’d had earlier that week with a friend, those peas were destined for a fresh pea soup – something healthy and delicious that let those hard-earned peas enjoy the starring role.

This Pea Soup is creamy, but with no cream. {Ok, the cheese adds some delicious silkiness.} And it’s slightly sweet, but not from sugar. I kicked up both the nutrition and the gorgeous green color by adding spinach. It doesn’t interfere at all with the fresh pea flavor.

Serve it hot or cold – both are delicious. I topped mine with some micro greens, but you could top with some chopped bacon or drizzle with a good olive oil or a dab of sour cream.

If you can’t find the curiously curly garlic scapes {bottom right in the pic below} use shallots, or even scallions, instead. And you could use frozen peas, but if, like me, you love a field trip to your farmers market, by all means pick up fresh ones.

You’ll have a project ahead of you with the shelling, but it’s a good opportunity to slow down and enjoy the day.

P.S. After I typed my smart-alec remark about “crocheting underwear” I wondered if that’s really a thing. So I Googled it. Turns out, it’s a thing. You can check out some, um, examples here.

pea soup

Pea Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • ½ cup finely chopped garlic scapes {alternatively, use shallots}
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups lower-salt vegetable broth
  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 3 cups fresh peas {or frozen}
  • 4 cups tightly packed fresh spinach
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Garnish
  • micro greens
  • chopped cooked bacon
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. Melt 1 Tbs. of the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the scapes {or shallots} and cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the wine, raise the heat to medium high, and cook until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and potato and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium low, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender when poked with a fork, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the spinach and peas, cover the pan, and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes more.
  2. Purée the soup in 2 batches in a blender until very smooth. Reheat the soup in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the cheese, the remaining butter, and ½ tsp. pepper and cook, stirring, until melted.
  3. Serve with garnish of your choice.
Notes
This also looks beautiful served in shot glasses as an appetizer!

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One Response to Pea Soup {Do people really crochet underwear?}

  1. Kelly Harris July 10, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    I like to add a pinch of Cayenne pepper to my pea soup!!!!
    I want to make some soup now!!!!!!

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