Recipe

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced 1 onion, thinly sliced
1 leek, white and tender
green parts only, thinly
sliced
1 pack of pea shoots
5 cups chicken stock or low
sodium vegetable broth
2 four inch rosemary sprigs
1/2 pound sugar snap
peas, thinly sliced
20 oz fresh peas or 2 ten
ounce boxes frozen baby peas
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
1 cup heavy cream
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and freshly ground white pepper

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Instructions

1) Heat olive oil. Add celery, onion and leek and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 7 minutes. Add the chicken or vegetable stock, 1 rosemary sprig and a pinch each of salt and white pepper. Simmer until the vegetables are very tender, about 15 minutes. Remove and discard rosemary sprig.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a blender.

2) Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the sugar snaps and cook for 3 minutes. Add the baby peas and the parsley and cook just until heated through, about 1 minute; drain. (Reserve a small handful of pea mixture for garnish.) Add the sugar snaps, baby peas, and parsley to the blender and puree until smooth, adding a few tablespoons of broth to loosen the mixture. Transfer the soup and the remaining broth to a large bowl set in a larger bowl of ice water to cool.

In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream, garlic and remaining rosemary sprig to a boil. Simmer over low heat until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Strain the garlic cream into a bowl and let cool.

3) Ladle the chilled pea soup into bowls and drizzle with garlic cream.

4) Top with reserved pea mixture.

About the Author

Alicia Brieger

Alicia heads up a team of private chefs creating decadent unprocessed foods at Unprocessed Kitchen with locations in Jackson and Maui. She can deliver homemade meals or cater special dinners and celebrations. She also teaches clients one-on-one how to shop for and cook nutritious meals that taste good. Learn more at www.unprocessedkitchen.com.

 

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