Monday, December 7, 2009

Green Pea Soup

We received our first snow of the season over the weekend and I couldn't have been happier. I love winter and everything about it: the cold and crisp days, the snow, which makes everything seem so beautiful, the pretty landscapes, the holidays, the Christmas music played on the radio, and of course, the drink of the season, hot chocolate- winter’s the best! Having lived in Buffalo, NY for many years, both H and I really miss the long snowy winters we experienced there after moving here.

Christmas has got to be the time of the year that I like the most. I put up my Christmas tree yesterday. The tree with its faux snow-dusted branches, tiny lights and pretty decorations stands in a corner of my living room casting a warm and festive glow all over the place.

This soup, something I made a few days back, is perfect for warming your insides on a cold winter day.

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The soup is wonderfully rich, even though it does not make use of any cream, and takes less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish. This is an Ellie Krieger recipe with a few of my modifications.

(For approximately 3 servings)
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
A pinch of red pepper flakes
½ onion, sliced
2 cups peas (I used frozen)
¼ - ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Lemon juice
Yogurt (for serving)

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the peas, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook just until the peas are defrosted. Add 1 cup of water (or more as required) and bring to a boil.

Puree the soup until smooth. (I use my handheld immersion blender and blend it in the saucepan itself.) Simmer for a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat.

Squeeze some lemon juice into the soup. Mix. Ladle into bowls. Stir the yogurt so that it is smooth and top each serving with a nice dollop of yogurt.

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9 Burps:

musical said...

Sounds like a delicious plan! We don't have snow here, but it's raining for a change :). A bowl of some great tasting soup would be totally great! And i LOVE how simple this recipe is!

Sunitha said...

Great soup..nothing like soup in winter, I agree!

chef and her kitchen said...

Such a colorful and smooth soup..looks yummy

TBC said...

Musical- it has been raining on and off today. I was hoping that that we'd get some snow too, but looks like it missed us today. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a white Christmas.:)
The soup was good- I'm sure it would be even better with fresh peas.

Nostalgia- seems like soup always tastes better in winter, right? :)

Prathibha- thank you.:)

sharikahline said...

That soup looks yum! I happened to bump into your site while searching for corn pulao recipe and ever since been visiting it on and off for updates. I hope you don't mind if I add your site to the list of links I follow.
Good luck and Happy cooking!

Anonymous said...

The soup looks like a huge comfort bowl :) I have still to put up my Chrsitmas tree! Will do so in a couple of days!

TBC said...

Sharikahline: thank you! :D I'm glad you find some of the recipes on my blog useful. No, I have no problem with you adding my blog to your list. Why would I mind? ;-D

Homecooked: So, is your tree up now? :)
My husband says I don't do anything much for our festivals (Onam, Vishu), yet I always seem to get super excited for Christmas which we don't even celebrate! :)


Since I've won a few awards for my pea soup recipe, I'd mention that be sure you save any strips of bacon you hvae extra (at least 4 long ones) - cooked until crisp; chop finely, and blend in with the finished soup.

There's nothing like a taste of bacon to enhance any good pea soup recipe.

Some try it with ham; it's tasty, but nothing like the tasty goodness of bacon.***

***That's for the meat-eaters of course.........

TBC said...

Happy in Nevada- Congratulations on all the awards.:)
I'm a vegetarian.:)

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