Monday, April 24, 2006

Pea Soup and Cheddar Chive Scones

This adorable pea soup, made from frozen petite peas, has a wonderful fresh spring taste and the freshly chopped mint on top was a perfect match. The soup is sweet and savory and would make a darling party appetizer, served in tiny white cups, as pictured above. This version has a hearty consistency and was the main course for lunch, served with a large scone. For a more delicate soup, leave out the potato.

Pea soup (2 -3 large servings):
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 leek, cleaned and chopped
1 potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 green garlic, chopped (or one large garlic clove, crushed)
1 tbsp butter
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
8 oz frozen peas
1/4 cup half & half
Salt & pepper
freshly chopped mint

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the vegetable oil and add the onion. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the leek and potato. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and butter, cover and cook 3 more minutes. Add the vegetable broth, water, and frozen peas and bring to a boil. Cover, turn down the heat to low, and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the potato is soft. Remove from the heat, add the half & half, and puree with immersion blender until smooth. Season and serve with freshly chopped mint.

I served this yummy soup with my latest variation of Farm Girl's Savory Cheese & Scallion Scones. My last version of this fabulous scone recipe was Green Garlic & Cheddar. For today's version, I used a Cotswold Cheddar with Chives as a substitute for the feta cheese. This cheese really has bite! Instead of the scallions, I used one green garlic and 1 bunch of chives. The result was fabulous - these really pack a cheesy taste and were wonderful with the pea soup! They are great fresh from the oven, but they're even better toasted the next day.


Anonymous Dave said...

It looks like I have found the first course for this weekend;'s dinner!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

Leave out the potato! NEVER!!!!

We love pea soup but never make it. I guess it's time to start!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Our entire family LOVES pea soup & your scones really look delish.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hi Dave - yep, another opportunity for the immersion blender!

VK - LOL! You really could leave the potato out as there isn't a lot of broth here, but each to his/her own.

Vicki - it really is yummy -the scones are great, but really Farmgirl deserves the credit.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous kymm said...

Oh these both sound so delicious, and especially delicious together! We just got some good English cheddar, I wonder if I could pry it out of my husband's hands long enough to make a batch of scones?

3:28 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hi Kymm - LOL! You definitely want to go with a very strong cheddar - so much of that cheesiness cooks out.

8:32 PM  

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