A friend brought a version of fresh pea soup to a brunch, so I thought I would try my hand at creating one. I honestly don't think I'd ever had anything but split pea up to that point....
I love the vibrant flavors and the bright color of this soup, it's a great starter for a spring or summer feast. —Natalie
large onion, diced
large carrot, diced
stalks celery, diced
cloves garlic, minced
chicken or vegetable broth
cayenne pepper (a good pinch!)
peas, fresh or frozen
toasted pine nuts
1 1/2 ounces
basil (stems removed and leaves reserved)
Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery. Saute 5-10 minutes until the vegetables have softened a bit and the onions are translucent.
Add the minced garlic, saute about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
Pour in the broth and sprinkle in the cayenne pepper, bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce the heat slightly simmer about 15 minutes so the vegetables soften fully.
Add the peas to the hot broth and let cook through (about 10 minutes if frozen, but more like 5 if fresh).
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the toasted pine nuts.
Puree the soup in a blender in batches until smooth, adding a small handful of basil to puree with each batch. Pour the puree into another pot or container as you go.
After all the soup has been pureed, whisk the Parmesan through warm soup to fully incorporate.
Whisk the heavy cream as well as the half and half into the mixture and add salt, black pepper, and extra cayenne pepper to taste. Thin with extra cream, warm broth, or milk if desired.