Summer Pea Soup (photo)

Summer Pea Soup

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Ingredients

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  • 1 large shallot, minced (about 3 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth (for vegetarian option)
  • 2 sprigs of mint, about 6 inches in total stem length
  • 1 pound of frozen petite peas (available at Trader Joe's)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Crème fraîche for garnish (can substitute sour cream diluted with cream)
  • Strips of fresh mint for garnish

Method

1 In a medium saucepan (2 1/2 to 3 quart) melt the butter on medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened, but not browned, a couple minutes.

2 Add the broth and mint sprigs to the shallots, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Add the frozen peas and salt and pepper to taste. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the peas are just tender, 3-5 minutes.

3 Discard the mint and purée the soup in a blender until completely smooth. Blend in the cream. Taste and correct seasoning.

Reheat to serve warm, or chill to serve cold. Serve garnished with crème fraîche and mint strips.