Spring is Life!
I am writing this blog on a gorgeous, sunny Monday morning in NYC. I just got back from walking in Central Park..one of my favorite activities.
I feel so privileged to be able to enjoy the park. Everything is sprouting and blooming, and the birds are tweeting. It feels like a little bit of heaven. I am craving something springy and bright like the green of the trees right now. I made some fava bean spread this weekend, because as soon as I see my first batch of fresh favas, I have to make some.
This morning, I am going to make a batch of my vibrant bright green pea soup, to salute the arrival of Spring. Of course, pea soup can be made all year long with frozen peas, but when the Farmers Market has fresh peas and fresh mint, this soup goes from really good to total magic!!!
I love the ease of this recipe. It only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish! The fresh mint is so refreshing and all it needs is a simple garnish!
SPRING PEA SOUP WITH FRESH MINT
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 chopped leeks, white and light green parts
4 cups chicken stock
5 cups freshly shelled peas or 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen peas
2/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup creme fraiche
1/2 cup freshly chopped chives
Heat the butter in a large saucepan, add the leeks, and cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until tender. Add the chicken stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the peas and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until tender. (Frozen peas will take only 3 minutes.) Turn off the heat, and add the mint, salt, and pepper.
Puree the soup in the pot with a stick blender, or in batches in a blender. If using a blender, pour 1 cup of soup in, place the lid on top, and puree on low speed. With the blender still running, open the vent-hole in the lid and slowly add more soup until the blender is three-quarters full. Pour the soup into a large bowl and repeat until all the soup is pureed. After all soup is pureed, whisk in the creme fraiche and chives and taste for seasoning. Serve hot.
Here’s to Spring in every bite!!!