January 6, 2017, posted by Gina – This Fresh Pea Soup recipe is from Ina Garten and, in typical Ina fashion, is very easy to follow, although I added a few notes. I first tried this recipe with my Cookbook Club and all 12 ladies loved this soup. I prepared this for dinner one evening with some white cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches on French bread and Mr. GDFC was not as over the moon about it as we were. He even said he thought it was “chick food”. This recipe was shared in our Humble and Kind post….to read it click HERE.
The chopped leeks, yellow onion and mint are sautéed in butter then all of the vegetables go in the chicken stock:
In the recipe, Ina instructs us to puree this soup in a blender. I used an immersion blender which was much easier and not nearly as messy.
I finished the soup with an little elegant touch by adding a swirl of crème fraîche. I spooned the crème fraîche into a squeeze bottle which makes it very easy to add a design. I then sprinkled on the chopped chives and a few garlic croutons on top.
Since this soup was going to be the main course of our dinner I decided to make a few French bread, white cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches. I grated some aged white cheddar, sliced a fresh loaf of crusty French bread pretty thin and melted some butter in a skillet. I cooked them for a few minutes on each side on medium heat. Once lightly browned, I took them off the heat and added some sliced tomatoes. Beware! These are simple but very good.
This is a great meal to warm up a cold winter evening.