Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Pea Soup!

After a couple “anniversaries”, we are back to normal posts!
Last week was so hard on me that I am ready to move on. I got some sort of stomach bug that just messed me up. Not fun, and hard to eat much aside saltine crackers and some plain rice. Even harder is having to cook and feed the husband and Matheus when I could not eat much of what they wanted… argh! I like to cook, and I like to eat what I cook, so I am just glad to be feeling better now!
We saw today’s recipe being made in a cooking show a while ago and since then Matheus had been asking me to make it. We both like all vegetables and fruits a lot, and lately he discovered the wonders of green peas! It is sort of funny, because a few years ago, peas were his least favorite baby food. Luckily we all learn to like good foods!
This soup is super simple to make and yet very delicious! I halved the recipe, and my only complain is that it wasn’t enough… half of the recipe yielded about 1 ¾ cups of soup, as opposed to 2 ½ as it states. So both of us ended up wishing for more at the end of our meal (of course we had other side dishes to go with it), which was not bad, as we can make it soon again!!
It was delicious a little chilled, and the yogurt swirl complemented it well. Sweet and simple flavors here, and I bet it would be also nice with a touch of fresh mint in it too!
An easy and versatile recipe, which can be served during both warm and colder months. We sure enjoyed it; and best of all: Matheus loved the soup!
Hope you like it too!

Green Pea Soup (Ellie Krieger – foodtv)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion, sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-oz) bag frozen peas
4 teaspoons plain nonfat yogurt, optional

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over moderately-low heat. Add the onion, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, tarragon, salt and a few turns of freshly ground black pepper and bring to a boil. Add the peas and cook just until defrosted.
In a blender, puree the soup in 2 batches until very smooth. If serving hot, return the soup to the pot and bring just to a simmer. If serving cold, transfer to the refrigerator to chill. Ladle into bowls. Stir the yogurt so that it is smooth and top each serving with a swirl of yogurt.
Yield 4 servings (1 ¼ cups each)


Akemi said...

Que bom que vc já está melhor, Ana! Imagino ter que cozinhar sem estar com apetite, deve ser horrível!
Agora que o tempinho começa a ficar mais fresquinho, já dá para fazer sopinhas! Nhammm! Esta de ervilhas deve ser deliciosa! Adoro sopas cremosas, tudo batido no liquidificador! Achei legal levar ervilhas congeladas, pois as frescas aqui vêm numa bandeja pequenininha e são super caras! Já está na lista!

Fer Guimaraes Rosa said...

que bom que voce melhorou. sera que foi stomach flu? esse eh punk...

eu adoro sopa de ervilha, mas sempre uso a seca, nunca fiz com a fresca/congelada. adorei essa sua receita.


Anonymous said...

Glad you're feeling better!!

This soup looks delightful. I've always been intrigued by pea soup but have never made it. Now's about time!! Thanks for sharing!

Valentina said...

I love pea soup. Starting by the colour..fills one with joy..

Karen said...

Muito bonito e apetitoso!

Anonymous said...

Ana, your soup looks so good! hum.. I feel like trying it!
I agree with Valentina, the colour is amazing.

I also came here to give you this link:

Because you're so crazy about muffins!

Ana said...

Akemi, eu tbem adoro sopa cremosa, essa eh uma delicia!

Fe, obrigada! Estou esperando resultado de exames, mas se nao foi um stomach bug/virose ai a suspeita eh de q minha gastrite piorou muito... Mas ja estou melhor!

Veuveclicquot, this was my first time making it too, and certainly not the last, it is really good!

Valentina, yes, the color is very pretty!

Karen, Thanks!

Patricia, thank you so much for the link, I LOVED IT!! I bookmarked to see it over and over again!


Anonymous said...

q bom q vc ja ta melhor ana!
dexa eu volta pra correria, outro dia passo com mais calma!