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Spring Pea Soup Recipe

Pea soup

Photo courtesy of We Are Not Martha

With more promising numbers appearing in our extended forecast we’re excited to share our first Spring recipe of the season! Chef Christian’s Spring Pea Soup:

Spring Pea Soup Serves 6-8

2 ½ to 3 quarts chilled pea stock, divided (see recipe below) 1 pound fresh shelled peas 8 ounces spinach Salt and freshly ground pepper Crème fraiche, whipped Pea tendrils & edible flowers, optional

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1. In a large pot, bring half the pea stock to a boil. In a large bowl, keep the remaining stock chilled; you’ll use it to shock the vegetables after they blanch.

2. Once the stock comes to a boil, add the peas and blanch them for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and continue blanching the vegetables for 1 minute more. Use a slotted spoon or strainer to quickly transfer the peas and spinach to the chilled pea stock to stop the cooking process and cool the vegetables quickly. Chill the stock used for blanching.

3. Once all the ingredients are cold, add the bowl of vegetables and stock to a blender and blend until smooth, adding the chilled stock (used for blanching) a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. Strain the mixture through a fine-meshed sieve or chinois to remove any fibrous bits of vegetable. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Pour soup into serving bowls and garnish, a dollop of whipped crème fraiche and pea tendrils, if desired. Can be served warm — simply reheat the soup gently in a large pot — or chilled.

Pea Stock Canola or sunflower oil for sautéing 2 onions, coarsely chopped 2 leeks, washed thoroughly and sliced 2 fennel bulbs, coarsely chopped Reserved fresh, empty pea pods 3 to 4 quarts water

1. In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, leeks and fennel and sweat until softened, about 10 minutes.

2. Add pea pods and enough water to cover. Simmer for 45 minutes. Strain the stock and discard the vegetables.

By Chef Christian Kruse, 2017