In the past, I never thought pea soup sounded appetizing. But maybe after making smoothies with spinach, kale and avocado for several years now, my ability to enjoy various green purees has grown. I saw a recipe on the Food Network recently for pea soup. It looked good and easy to make, and I do like peas, so I thought I’d give this slightly altered version a shot!
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken stock
2 pounds frozen peas
Several strips of bacon
Oil or butter
Salt and pepper
In a stock pot, heat oil or butter over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the chicken stock, frozen peas, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender until coarsely pureed. Alternatively, use a blender to puree the soup 1 cup at a time. Season to taste.
Chop cooked bacon and sprinkle on soup.
Adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/spanish-pea-soup-with-crispy-ham-recipe.html