It’s my turn to host my book club this month, and the host serves dinner. So I started thinking about possible menus for what could be a warm or even hot summer night. One of the members of the group really likes my guacamole, so I know I’ll make that as one of the appetizers. But I wanted to try out a new recipe for a cold soup.
I made chilled pea soup for Jeff and me a few nights ago, and it was enough for two nights. We really enjoyed it even two nights in a row. So it’s a keeper. I plan to double the recipe and make it as a first course for my book group dinner.
I bought a Vitamix 5200 Standard Series (the starter series but certainly great for my needs) a little over a year ago via a good deal that Vitamix offered on Paypal. I pay $18.06/month for about two years which seemed pretty painless to me. I love my Vitamix, and I was happy to have another recipe to make with it. It’s a cinch to make whether you have a Vitamix, an immersion blender, or a regular blender.
Here’s the recipe:
- about 1 T. olive oil
- 1 medium onion
- 1 T. thyme
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 cups of chicken stock or vegetable stock
- 10 oz. frozen (1 package) or fresh peas
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- optional garnishes: Greek yogurt/sour cream, parsley sprigs, olive oil
- Dice a medium onion and sauté it in a little olive oil along with one tablespoon of fresh or dried thyme for about 5 minutes till onion is softened.
- Add minced garlic clove and continue to saute for another minute, but don’t let the garlic burn.
- Place the onion mixture, 2 cups of stock, 10 ounces of peas, turmeric, salt and pepper to the blender (or to a big bowl if you’re using an immersion blender).
- Blend till smooth.
- Chill till cool.
- Garnish with a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil, about a tsp. of Greek yogurt and/or a fresh parsley or dill sprig.
I put the soup in the fridge in the pretty but functional cut glass Marquis by Waterford Newberry pitcher that I received from Evine a few months ago (see it here). Then, it was easy to pour into bowls to serve. Easy peasy! (get it??) 😉 The color is gorgeous!
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