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8.19.2012

Just Another Meatless Monday Fresh Pea Soup

Hey What's For Dinner

It's pea season! Well for us it is anyway. My garden is pumping out snow peas and sugar snap peas and the local farmers are selling shelled peas. PEA SEASON. I stopped the other day and grabbed a ten pound bag, we came home and started eating them right away. My kids are always amazed at how sweet and delicious raw peas really are. For our afternoon snack we had big bowls of shelled peas and glasses of fresh milk from a new local creamery.

The state subsidized local creamery had defaulted on its loans and quit paying the local farmers who bring in their milk. One local farmer decided enough was enough and put in a whole creamery on his farm. They are producing 800 gallons of milk a day. I am happy to buy as much as we can every week. Small business in my home town?? Yes please! Especially farmers, that makes me doubly happy. Sorry couldn't help but report on the new creamery, it makes me really excited, but back to fresh pea soup.

** you will need and immersion blender or regular blender for this recipe **


Fresh Pea Soup

1 TBSP Olive Oil
1/2 an onion chopped
3 stalks of celery chopped
2 carrots peeled and chopped
2 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
2 quarts water
1 TBSP chopped fresh mint
2 TBSP chopped fresh dill-divided
2 pounds fresh peas
1 TBSP of salt

heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat
add the onions, celery and carrots lower heat to avoid scorching and cook for 10 minutes stirring often
add the garlic and cooked and stir for one minute more
add the water, mint and half the fresh dill
cover, increase heat to medium high, once it almost boils reduce heat a bit simmer for 15 minutes more until the vegetables are cooked through
add the peas and salt bring back up to a simmer and cook four minutes or until the peas are cooked through
use your immersion blender and blend in the pan
or blend until smooth in your blender
return the soup to the pan and taste for salt
stir in the last of the dill and serve
you can also chill this and serve it cold




Yummy! The bright green color was quite a different look for us but our kids took it in stride and slurped up huge bowls of it. It was fun to make, delicious to eat and a great way to use some seasonal local grown produce.






  Peace and Love--




 

4 comments :

  1. The creamery sounds wonderful! What great initiative on the part of the farmer!

    All my garden peas rotted or got eaten by slugs this year. We had such wet weather all that survive are my summer squash. Your pea soup sounds wonderful though - I might try making it with frozen peas! I love the garlic, mint and dill in the recipe.

    This week I have shared a three day meat free menu plan. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week!

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  2. My mother used to make split pea soup with a ham bone. I don't, because my dearly beloved doesn't like it, but I surely do! Your fresh pea soup sounds wonderful (I would cheat the meatless part and ad ham anyway).

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  3. New Follower :) The soup looks so yummy!

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  4. Yum! I love peas and pea soup, but oddly I never make it. I love that it's dairy free, too, which means even Little Miss could eat it. Score! :)

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