|A taste of Spring….Cheating on Winter Pea Soup|
I’m an expert at cheating on winter. It's something we do every year by going to Florida in February. My friends back home have come to expect a big snow storm whenever we head south. Sorry about that! Making soup to cheat on winter is a concept that is foreign to me. Soup making is a winter project. A wonderful pot of comfort, on those very cold days of winter, and pea soup is made with dry peas and a big ham bone. It simmers for hours!
When I read the ingredients for this soup my thoughts were “this doesn’t sound like something Bill will eat”. The ingredients included one head of romaine lettuce added to the soup. Lettuce in soup…Really? But, as I’ve done many times before, I placed my trust in Dorie.
This soup is simple to make! It takes about 15 minutes to put together. First sautéing one chopped onion in a tablespoon of butter, then adding your stock (I used vegetable), but you could use chicken stock or just water. Bring all of this to a boil, then add a 16 oz. bag of frozen peas and your chopped lettuce. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. This was easy and going quite well! But, you know when everything seems to be going well &%#@ happens!! And I still don’t know how this happened!
I decided to use the blender to puree this mixture, as Dorie suggested. At home I would have used my food processor. I poured a portion of the soup into the blender, pushed on the lid, and hit the puree button! OMGosh!! Green pea soup everywhere!! On my pink sweater…on the white cabinets...all over the clean dishes I had just washed...and worst of all, in my hair! It looked like I shampooed with green pea soup!! Although the soup took just a mere 15 minutes to make, it took me about 30 minutes to clean up the mess. Sorry, no pictures!
If you’re wondering how this 15 minute soup went over...Did it have any flavor...Did Bill eat it? Well, it was actually better than expected! I served mine with a dollop of sour cream and some nice Italian bread. We had a late lunch out so, this was a perfect light supper. Bill enjoyed it almost as much as I did! Surprises never cease! The flavor that was dominate was fresh pea. It tasted like Spring. However, and you knew there would be a however, he prefers the long, slow, simmered version, with the ham bone! Happy Friday everyone!!
|Creamy and delicious….I would never guess there was lettuce in this soup…tastes like fresh peas from your garden|
|Vegetable broth mixed with the sautéed onion|
|Frozen peas…what can be easier|
|Chopped romaine lettuce…the surprise ingredient!|
|Simmering on the stove…smelled yummy|
|This was really good…a taste of fresh peas and Springtime!|