Warming pea soup...

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...

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