Great Minds Turn To Thoughts Of Pea Soup
There is nothing quite like the brisk bite of fall air to make me start thinking about steaming bowls of soup and hunks of crusty bread or delectable portions of pomme frites. I love hearty soups. There is something primal about the making and eating of nourishing soups that warm the body and soul.
I discovered this recipe last year and it has become a favorite. Although I adore pea soups made with ham or bacon, this lighter version is equally delicious and a lot easier on the waistline.
I began by assembling all the ingredients.
Then I chopped the onion into small pieces and sautéed them in olive oil for around 5 minutes.
While the onions were cooking, I peeled 3 to 5 cloves of garlic and a portion of fresh ginger.
I have found that my mini-processor makes quick work of chopping herbs, so into the chopper they went.
Once finely chopped, I added the mixture to the onions and continued cooking for a few more minutes.
I mixed the spices in and let them simmer for a few more minutes.
Next I added chopped carrot, celery and a bit of fresh Italian parley for good measure.
Not being a vegetarian myself, I opted for a carnivorous blast of chicken broth.
Then I washed the peas and sorted through them for things that might not belong.
After washing, I stirred the dried peas into the broth, put a lid on the pot and let it simmer until finished.
Once the soup was done, I let it cool. Once thoroughly cooled, I took approximately half of the soup and placed it into a blender. I don’t like pea soup that it completely smooth; I do like a little bit of texture so I leave a bit unblended. Pureeing helps to give the soup body by thickening it up a bit.
Then I added the pureed mixture (yum) back into the soup pot,
and stirred to blend the two together.
Pomme Frites Soup Toppers
Dice a yukon gold potato and pre-cook. Drain well and set aside.
Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a small pan and add the potato cubes, cooking until crispy and golden.
Remove from oil and drain well on a paper towel. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and dust lightly with curry powder.
These make a tasty garnish to an already delicious bowl of curried pea soup.