Now that it’s beginning to feel like spring (at least in the New York area), fresher, lighter meals are called for.
By Rachel Crawford
I’ve never been the biggest fan of peas — at least not in their whole form. Even when they’re not cooked into mushy submission, I find their texture extremely off-putting. The solution? Blend them into a soup!
Now that it’s beginning to feel like spring (at least in the New York area), fresher, lighter meals are called for. But the real problem is there’s still not much produce to be had at the farmer’s market yet. Luckily, peas are one of those vegetables that are not at all compromised by being frozen, and their flavor is predictably complemented by pea shoots or pea greens, which are now appearing in market stands.
I added ginger to this soup to give it a bit of zing, and sour cream for some tangy creaminess. The best part? This comes together in 15 minutes from mostly pantry and frozen items, and yet tastes as fresh as can be. You can easily double, triple, or quadruple this soup and feed a crowd.
- ½ Medium onion, diced
- 2 Tablespoons of minced ginger
- 2 Cups (300 g) of frozen or fresh green peas
- 1 Tablespoon (14 g) of unsalted butter
- 3 Cups (7.5 dl) of vegetable broth
- 4 Cups of spinach, rinsed
- 1 Cup of pea greens or pea shoots
- ¼ Cup (60 ml) of sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Sweat the diced onions and minced ginger until soft and fragrant.
- Stir in peas and vegetable broth. Simmer for 3 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Wilt in spinach, remove from heat, and using a blender or immersion blender, process until smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasoning, stir in sour cream, and top with pea greens.
Rachel is a lover of vegetables and an avid home cook. She has catered parties, participated in cook-offs, hosted elaborate supper clubs, and volunteered with Slow Food teaching elementary school kids about seasonal food and how to cook. Recently, she left her full-time job as a branding consultant to spend more time in the kitchen. Her personal blog, madeweekly.tumblr.com, focuses on one seasonal ingredient every week, with a new recipe each day. She can also be found on kitchensurfing.com, a new site that allows anyone to search for and hire personal chefs online. Rachel studied acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and has lived in New York, NY for almost 12 years, which means she can officially call herself a New Yorker.