oftt

Creamy Pea Soup

Print Email

4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 cup minced shallots
2 tablespoons flour
3 1/2 cups low-salt vegetable broth
4 1/2 cups frozen peas
12 leaves of Boston lettuce
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and ground black pepper

 

Take the peas out of the freezer and let thaw until needed.

Heat butter in large saucepan over low heat until foaming; add shallots or leeks and cook, covered, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds. Stirring constantly, gradually add chicken broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 3 to5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process partially thawed peas until coarsely chopped, about 20 seconds. Add peas and lettuce to simmering broth. Increase heat to medium-high, cover and return to simmer; simmer 3 minutes. Uncover, reduce heat to medium-low, and continue to simmer 2 minutes longer.

Working in 2 batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Strain the mixture into a large bowl. Rinse out and wipe the saucepan; return pureed mixture to saucepan and stir in cream. Heat mixture over low heat until it is hot, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately. Croutons make a nice topping for this soup.

 

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated Soups & Stews

(LD)

Restaurant News

A.O.C. Wine Bar
Los Angeles
by Sharon Oreck

Suzanne Goin, the uber-talented celebrity chef of Lucques and A.O.C. Wine Bar fame, was rumored to be the front runner for the 2005 James Beard Chef-of-the-Year award, and as far as I was...

Read more...
Hidden Treasures at Tacos Por Favor
Los Angeles
by David Latt

tacosporfavorextDriving on the freeway, looking at the streets and neighborhoods below, I often wonder what fabulous restaurants I'm missing. Tacos Por Favor is one of those places that I had heard about for...

Read more...
Chains
London - British Isles
by Anna Harari

piccadilly.jpgSpring break senior year, two months before I graduate from NYU is not exactly a vacation even though I went to London to visit my Dad.  It’s more like preparation for my final senior project, a...

Read more...
New York City Through a Foodie's Eyes
New York
by David Latt

eataly.jpgIf you are a foodie visiting New York, you're probably planning on visiting Mario Batali's Eataly where you'll wander the crowded aisles a bit dazed. Glass fronted counters and small eating...

Read more...