QUICK PEA & KALE SOUP (serves 4-6)

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.

Simply Perfect

Simply a lovely bowl of soup – and so quick and easy to make!

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.

place your peas in a bowl to thaw a little

 A bag of frozen peas is a handy frozen pantry item!

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!

Hardy and healthy kale

Hardy and healthy curly kale

Buy some peas and kale and see if you don’t fall in love with this Spring-y soup.

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*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)

Method:

1 – Fry bacon, chop roughly and set aside.

Fry bacon.

Fry bacon.

2 – Put medium pot on medium heat and add the oil. Add the onions and saute for about 7 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently.

saute onions

saute onions

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.

Add broth and veggies

Add broth and veggies

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.

Pot of Pea soup..

Swirl a little cream in at the end and serve

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!)

2 responses to “QUICK PEA & KALE SOUP (serves 4-6)

  1. The wind is howling and the rain is lashing against the windows- I am so making this today! 😉

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