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April 18, 2012

Green Pea Soup with Mint from CSA Week 1

I have been counting down the days.

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Today I picked up my first box from my CSA with Gruber Farm! Included in the box from Week 1:

  • strawberries
  • kale
  • collards
  • broccoli
  • daikon radish 
  • radishes
  • mesclun lettuce 
  • peas
  • sweet onions

I couldn’t believe how much was in the box. A whole pint of strawberries? As if I needed more – I went strawberry picking again yesterday. Thank goodness I can freeze them for smoothies! Needless to say, I was anxious to use my fresh produce in the kitchen.

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Green Pea Soup with Mint, adapted from New Vegetarian Cooking

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh peas
  • 1 large sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt, for topping
  • fresh mint leaves to garnish

Preparation:

Put the peas into a saucepan with 5 cups water, the onion, and garlic. Cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the onion and garlic are tender. Add mint and simmer for an additional minute.

Blend in a food processor until pureed, then return to the saucepan. Thin, if necessary, with a little more water and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Reheat, then ladle into bowls, top with a swirl of yogurt, a grinding of black pepper, and mint leaves, and serve.

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Of course I had to eat this with my favorite green spoon.  Not only does recipe require very few ingredients, it’s easy to make! I couldn’t believe how good it was for such a simple recipe. You can serve the soup warm, but it would also be delicious chilled. The Charleston weather is so warm already, and a chilled soup would be quite refreshing.

Let’s talk about the nutritional perks of peas! According to The Food Doctor (one of my favorite books), peas contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, B vitamins, folic acid, potassium, zinc, and iron. They’re a good source of vegetable protein, tone the stomach, and aid liver function.

Another favorite pea recipe of mine is Shrimp & Sweet Pea Risotto. Or, check out a bunch of Peas Recipes from my idol, Martha Stewart.

Do you like peas? Do you prefer fresh, frozen, or canned? They all taste different, I swear!

How often do you make your own soup? I’m always so impressed with how much better fresh, homemade soups are. It’s worth the work!

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  • I love making soup. Its so easy to make and yields so many leftovers. your pea soup looks delicious. happy first CSA day!

  • Oh wow, that looks so pretty and fresh! And (squeeeeeeee!) I think I can make it with everything I have on hand right now! Oh shoot, minus the garlic. Next week then!

    • oh brittany, you have to make this. i think you’d really like it!

  • Mary Loyal

    so excited about this csa!! will definitely keep this pea soup in mind- sounds so refreshing and light!

    • oh, you have to make this! it was so good.

  • looks awesome!

  • Liziheartvegetables

    That soup looks good! And it’s awesome that it doesn’t take ten million ingredients. It’s something I’d actually make!

  • I loveeee peas! I definitely want to try this. YUMMM

  • I hate frozen peas but love fresh ones – they’re like an entirely different food! I can’t wait to get my hands on some this spring. I’ll have to make this soup for my mom when I go home because I know she’d love it!

  • Paige

    Love your blog!   Been reading it for a while and was excited to see you joined Gruber CSA too.  I had no idea that was a daikon radish in my box, and I’m embarrassed to say I have no idea what to do with it.  Cooked my peas last night, but will puree the leftovers into this soup.  Thanks!  

    • thank you!! i don’t know what to do with my radish either, haha! i guess chop it up and add it to a salad. 🙂

  • I love CSA season!

  • We’re doing a CSA this year too, inspired by you! I always salivated at the pictures of your CSA box last year, so I’m taking the plunge! Though I must say that pea soup looks kinda gross, but I’m sure it’s delish!

  • Lish

    This looks yummy!   My box didn’t have peas or daikon radish in it!  🙁

  • I’ve been researching CSA boxes so religiously lately – my husband just doesn’t think it makes sense financially. Wah, wah. I’ll keep pestering him about it. Maybe show him this post. 🙂 

  • When I was younger, the only vegetable I would EVER eat were peas. But they had to be frozen. I was odd. This looks super tasty!

  • Love peas and love pea soup! This looks delicious 🙂

  • I’ve never had pea soup, but I really like peas so I feel like I would like it. Maybe I should try this! 

  • Emily N

    That looks amazing.  I am going to have to try it!!
     

    Creamy

  • Holly

    I guarantee part of why you loved this soup so much was because it was green 😉

  • That looks super.  I’d probably take the easy option and use frozen peas – it would take me too long to de-pod fresh peas – I’d be eating them all the time!  Janice

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