Saturday, April 11, 2009

Green garlic soup with Fresh English Peas

Here's the perfect Spring soup using fresh Farmers Market ingredients: green garlic, new potatoes, fresh English peas and chives to garnish!

This vegan soup was just the perfect combination of light comfort food and fresh spring taste. I used macademia nut cream in this soup because I was out of cashews and it was divine.

Green garlic is immature garlic that has not yet formed a strong, pungent mature bulb and flavor. It is wonderfully delicate and mild and perfect in this springtime soup. It looks like a small leek or a big spring onion:

If you can't find green garlic, use 1/3 garlic bulb and increase the cream.

Green Garlic & Pea Soup:

3 bulbs green garlic
3 small potatoes, peeled and small dice
1 TBS vegan butter or butter
sea salt
1/4 cup cashew or macadamia nut cream (nuts blended with warm water until a creamy consistency)
1/2 cup fresh English peas
chives to garnish

Cut off the roots of the garlic and most of the green stalk. Peel of the outer layer of skin and soak like leeks to remove grit if you see any mud or grit. Slice thinly. Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the green garlic and potatoes and a couple of pinches of sea salt. Cover and cook over medium heat for around 8 minutes, stirring to avoid sticking. Add water to cover the mixture by about 1/4 inch and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes (add more water if needed). Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender. Add the cashew/macadamia nut cream and thin with water as needed. Taste and adjust salt. Add the fresh peas and cook for 4-5 minutes until peas are just tender. Serve garnished with snips of fresh chives.

Happy Easter to all!


Blogger Anna Haight said...

This looks totally delicious! Happy Easter to you!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy Easter! this soup sounds delicious....right away M gonna get the ingredients from and try it.

9:42 AM  
Blogger christine said...

hey, what a great blog! i just found you via your apple gorgonzola pizza recipe from 2006, and now i look forward to leafing through your recipes after dinner. thanks for a vegetarian blog!


5:16 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Christine - thanks for the kind comments. I hope you find many good recipes here. I have to admit, I haven't kept up the recipe lists, I really need to update these. This one was a hit and I remember that pizza!

6:12 PM  
Blogger zippiknits.....sometimes said...

I can't eat dairy or legumes but I still enjoy reading your blog so much. Delicious! Thank you for the time and effort that you put into your blog. A pleasure to read, always.

5:18 PM  

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