The Little Epicurean

Apr 29 2013

Green Pea Soup

Green Pea Soup with lemon thyme and sour cream

Can you believe that I have never had green pea soup?  I’ve managed to stay away from it for 27 years.  Growing up, I had a major aversion to the tiny green vegetables.  It was mushy, it rolled around my plate, and I thought it tasted like chalk.  But my biggest question as a kid was– what was it doing in my fried rice?  I like fried rice just the way its meant to be– rice that is fried.  Even now, sometimes by habit I pick out the green peas from chicken pot pie.

Since then, I have grown to love peas (and all vegetables for that matter).  I don’t know what it is with children and their vegetables.  I have no idea why I hated greens like broccoli, peas, brussels sprouts.  Perhaps these vegetables were too bitter for my young and limited palette.  Although, I did really love carrots.  Carrots with ranch dip, to be exact.

pea soup ingredients

I was a bit hesitant to make this soup, afraid that I might not like it and once again go hating peas.  This soup truly surprised me.  I think its delicious and it looks so pretty in a white bowl.  I may have to get myself one of those fancy Vitamix blenders because I foresee myself making tons of soup this year.

The additional of lemon thyme does wonders to the soup.  It brings a nice kick and brightness to the earthy peas.  The soup is delicious warm or chilled making it perfect for unpredictable spring weather.  Serve the soup alone or with a tasty grilled ham and cheese panini.  Pair it with a nice salad or enjoy with a white wine.

Green Pea Soup with lemon thyme leaves

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Green Pea Soup

Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, or more to coat bottom of pan
  • 1 medium leek, whites and light green parts only, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large potato, peeled, cut into small cubes
  • 16 oz frozen peas
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • a couple sprigs of fresh lemon thyme, tied in a bundle
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
  • additional lemon thyme for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat large heavy bottomed stockpot. Add oil. Once oil is warm, add garlic and onions. Cook over medium-high heat for 30-45 seconds until garlic is fragrant. Add leeks and cook until leeks and onions have softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add potatoes and peas. Cook for about 2 minutes until frozen peas start to defrost. Add vegetable stock and lemon thyme bundle. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until potatoes can be easily smashed with a fork. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Remove lemon thyme bundle.
  3. Puree soup using an immersion blender, or transfer soup in batches to a blender. Blend soup until smooth. Stir in sour cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve soup warm or chilled with additional sour cream and fresh lemon thyme leaves.

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14 Responses to “Green Pea Soup”

  1. April 29, 2013
    4:20 pm
    janelle says...

    your soup looks wonderful, I have never had pea soup but I am going to try your recipe!

    • Maryanne replied...

      Thanks, Janelle! I normally don’t like peas but this soup changed my mind. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. April 30, 2013
    10:30 am
    Anjali says...

    This looks lovely! I’m going to have to try this out.

  3. April 30, 2013
    10:31 am

    This looks simple and delicious. We have split pea soup regularly, but I like the idea of fresh peas, as it would cook up quicker. I am definitely intrigued by the lemon thyme. My husband hates thyme so I can’t use it as much as I want.. maybe lemon thyme would be more to his liking. Now I just have to find it (or grow it!).

    • Maryanne replied...

      Lemon thyme is my new favorite herb. I accidentally picked it up instead of regular thyme and I have been hooked ever since.

  4. April 30, 2013
    7:57 pm

    So bright and beautiful! I love this soup!

    • Maryanne replied...

      Thanks Ashley! I really like the way it turned out.

  5. May 22, 2013
    8:50 am
    Erika says...

    I love pea soup! Always have. My mum used to make it with sausages but nowadays I go for an easier version: Nigella’s Slime Soup (http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/slime-soup-2534). Have you ever tried it?

    • Maryanne replied...

      Peas and cheese! Thanks for link, Erika. I must try that recipe!

  6. September 30, 2014
    4:01 pm
    Suzzanne says...

    Can I freeze this?

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Hi Suzzanne, I haven’t tried freezing it. I would omit the sour cream before freezing (because it might separate) and add the sour cream later during reheating.

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