Monday, August 24, 2009

QUICK AND EASY FROZEN PEA SOUP

This soup is so easy to make and so tasty, I may never make split pea soup again, much to my hubby's consternation. Of course, you can buy fresh peas and sit there and shuck them, but frozen organic peas were my choice. Most of the work had already been done for me. Serve this with a slice of pizza or a grilled cheese sandwich and you have a complete meal.

Quick and Easy Frozen Pea Soup
Adapted loosely from allrecipes.com, Lizz C., Recipe ID 95110
Rating: 9.5 out of 10

INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp. Smart Balance 50/50 butter blend
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves
1 lb. bag frozen organic peas, rinsed and drained
Sea salt and pepper to taste
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1 (14 oz) can low-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
Optional: 1/4 cup fat-free half and half
Optional Garnish: cooked crumbled bacon & additional thyme sprigs

In 3-quart heavy pot, melt SB over medium heat; saute onions and garlic till soft, about 5 minutes. Add peas, salt, pepper and thyme sprigs. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until peas are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove thyme sprigs, then use immersion blender to puree soup (or pour soup into blender in 2 batches to puree and return to pot). Stir in broth. If desired, top each serving with some half and half, bacon and thyme sprigs. Yield: about 4 servings (This freezes very well.)


15 comments:

Queen B. said...

I absolutley LOVE SPLIT PEA SOUP !! I posted a fabulous pea soup on my blog last fall !
Yum !

biz319 said...

That is about the only soup my husband will eat - thanks for the recipe Judy!

Chow and Chatter said...

yummy pea soup

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a treat to have a quick pea soup recipe!! This looks excellent and nearly guilt free (except for the grilled cheese sandwich I plan on serving with it) ha!

Kerstin said...

I love split pea soup too - it's one of my hubby's specialty's though so I never make it. Your version looks absolutely delicious and so easy!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

This looks creamy and delicious Judy!

Denise said...

Pea soup is my favorite. Whenever my sister makes it I beg her to freeze me some. It is good to know you can make a quick version.

Valerina said...

I bet this is wonderful with the suggested half & half! Soup recipes make Autumn seem less daunting. :)

Donna-FFW said...

This is a great thing to have.. a quick pea soup recipe. I have one I love love love but it takes forever. I will have to try this quick version for the days I dont have time.

teresa said...

oh this looks wonderful! i love the bright green color and the addition of bacon bits!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

So good and easy. I love to have these kinds of recipes on hand. And what isn't good with bacon as a garnish?
Sam

Linda said...

Sounds and looks yummy!... I love pea soup... will have to try it

Anderburf said...

This looks really good! I just got some organic pepper and Himalayan sea salt from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I think I'll try them both out in this recipe over the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

v nelson said...

use to buy split pea soup in a bag at supermarket in a bg. were can i get it

Judy said...

v nelson, Sorry, I'm not familiar with the item. Hope you find it though.