This really goes hand in hand with yesterday's post: warming soup, comfort food, a bowl of something full of flavours. Remember point number 7 from my top 10 tips? January is not the time to embark on a "salad and grilled chicken" diet. We need something warm and filling instead. So, here's my pea soup which will be enough for 4 people when served with some slices of toasted whole-wheat bread or grilled ciabatta.
You will need:
- 700g of frozen petit pois or garden peas (you can of course use fresh ones if in season where you live)
- 250g of lardons or bacon bits
- 750ml of vegetable or chicken stock (add more if the soup is too thick)
- 3-4 shallots (depending on size)
- 5 small potatoes
- 100ml of single cream
- pepper to taste
- parsley for garnish
How it's done:
- Put 100g of the peas into hot water to defrost, leaving the remaining 600g on the side.
- Peel and chop the potatoes and shallots and put in a large pot together with the lardons and fry on a high heat until slightly browned.
- Add the stock, turn down the heat to medium and leave to simmer for a few minutes.
- Add 600g of the peas and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Put the whole content into your food processor and process until smooth.
- Now add the 100g of peas to the processed soup and give it another quick whizz. This will give your soup the green colour and a little bit of crunch.
- Return to the pot and on a low heat, whilst stirring, add the cream. Leave a little aside for "decorative purposes"
- Divide into bowls, ad a little more cream to each, add pepper and garnish with a little parsley.
You can of course go for the vegetarian option and leave the lardons out - though I do like the smokey flavour in combination with the peas. Please remember that my "recipes" are not an exact science - I'm not a chef and they're simply how I cook in my little kitchen for friends and family.
I hope you like this and it will warm you up on these cold and grey evenings...