This is a fantastic soup that looks so impressive in the bowl; so silky smooth and bright grassy green in color. We had this yesterday and it was a welcomed comfort in the midst of this miserably icy and cold winter.
I always have a bag or two of frozen peas in my freezer. They are great in emergencies and are quick and convenient. I have absolutely nothing against good quality frozen veggies and they were the reason for this wondrously good soup.
The other great green that keeps forever is kale. I know lots of people who think they “hate” it, or are afraid to cook it, and it is such a shame. It is so good for you and in a soup like this you can convert the pickiest or most cantankerous of eaters!
Buy some peas and kale and see if you don’t fall in love with this Spring-y soup.
*This is a great Blood Type A recipe – just omit the bacon, cream, chili flakes and black pepper – you could add a touch of cumin in their place*
You will need:
1/3 to 1/2 lb bacon strips (about 8 to 10 thin slices)
1 1/2 tbs olive oil
1 sweet or mild onion – diced
1 lb baby peas (I used frozen)
4 cups chopped kale (I used curly kale)
1 tsp chili flakes (optional)
several grinds black pepper
salt to taste
8 cups chicken or veggie stock (or good quality bouillon cube and water. Use two cubes if they are small)
1/3 cup heavy cream (optional, but delicious)
1 – Fry bacon, chop roughly and set aside.
2 – Put medium pot on medium heat and add the oil. Add the onions and saute for about 7 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
3 – Add the broth and kale and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and add the pepper and chili flakes (if using). Cover and simmer for 3 minutes before adding the peas.
4 – Cook at a low simmer for about 8 minutes. Turn off heat and take lid off pot. Let it cool for about ten minutes. Blend in your food processor with most of the bacon (keep some bacon bits to use as a garnish). Return the blended soup to the pot and swirl in the cream (if using). Taste for further seasoning with salt and pepper.
Divide between bowls, adding a little dollop of cream on top and some bacon bits if you like. You can also serve with some nice crusty bread or a sandwich (which makes a great dinner!)