Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pea & White Bean soup

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Had a wonderfully busy weekend. I love my God, love my church & love my family!

I am so grateful that I am surrounded by generous family members. But lately, I seem to be getting a ton of peas! More than even I know what do with. See, my husband & I love our veggies & we have a veggie-loving 18 month old. But - SO MANY PEAS! I don't know why it took me so long to think about making soup. It kinda kills two birds with one stone, too. I don't feel like chewing much with all this dental work I've been having & soup was the perfect dinner for tonight.

I didn't follow a recipe. I know peas go with ham or bacon. I didn't have any available. So, this soup was just a hodge-podge of whatever was available.

Pea & White Bean Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 red onions, roughly chopped
2 small carrots, grated
3-4 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
4 large cloves of garlic, crushed
5 large handfuls of green peas
2 large handfuls of fresh white beans
1 pork sausage, cut into chunks
8-10 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme
Salt to taste
4-5 cups chicken stock
1 cup milk
Double cream, cheese & chopped chives to garnish

  1. Heat the oil & butter in a heavy-bottomed pan.
  2. Sautee the onion, garlic, celery & carrot. Add a little salt so they don't brown too fast.
  3. When the onion & celery are soft, add the sausage & peppercorns. Let the sausage brown a little & release some fat.
  4. Add the peas, beans & stir well.
  5. Add the stock, bayleaf, thyme & salt to taste.
  6. Cover & cook until the beans and peas are very soft - 1-1.5 hours.
  7. Cool the mixture & then puree.Pour back into a saucepan.
  8. Add the milk & bring to a boil. Increase or decrease the amount of milk depending on how thick you want the soup to be.
  9. Take off the heat & adjust the seasoning.
  10. Garnish & serve hot.

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sophia said...

That looks delightful!! I love your little drizzle of cream on top.

The Harried Cook said...

Thank you, Sophia :) I was quite pleased with the way it turned out :)

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