Cheating-on-Winter Pea Soup

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Cheating-on-Winter Pea Soup was a perfect recipe for this busy week.  It was quick and easy to make, light on calories, and quite delicious!

Sauteed onions are simmered in chicken broth, along with peas and romaine lettuce.  When everything is tender, the soup is pureed and served.  The “cheating” part of the title refers to the fact that frozen peas are used rather than fresh.

I served our soup with a dollop of sour cream and a garnish of chopped bacon.  The sour cream sank pretty quickly, so it didn’t make the photo very pretty.  In fact, I wasn’t feeling very inspired when I took the photos of this soup. Some days you just want to get the photos done quickly and get to eating!

Just because I wasn’t inspired for my photo doesn’t mean the soup wasn’t good!  It was light and fresh tasting and my husband and I both enjoyed it.  My daughter gave it one bite and decided that was enough.  I will definitely be making this one again.

This post is part of French Fridays with Dorie, where we are cooking our way through Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.

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10 responses to “Cheating-on-Winter Pea Soup

  1. Yes, sometimes eating the food takes higher priority than taking pictures of the food :-)
    Pea soup was defintely questionable in my mind, but it was a really pleasant surprise. It’s funny how people either loved this one or were “meh” about it.

  2. This was definitely a lovely, delicious soup! A keeper for sure! Love the bacon floating on top of yours…I didn’t use bacon. Very nice, Karen!

  3. Yup, I liked this soup too. My dollop also sank. It was delicious in each spoonful, but didn’t show up in the photo. Have a great weekend!

  4. This was delicious soup. I will be making it again. I am glad you enjoyed the soup.

  5. Your soup is such a lovely shade of green. I liked this one too – and even better that it was light on calories.

  6. Your soup looks delicious. We enjoyed this soup so much and really liked the addition of sour cream and the fried bits of ham. I hope you have a great weekend, Karen.

  7. Two out of three liking this soup is a good number. It looks colorful and a lovely green!

  8. trevorsisboom

    Nobody skipped the bacon garnish on this one! It took very delicate fingers for me to get the dollop to stay in place!

  9. triciaandnana

    This was a surprise hit in my home as well. My own expectations were pretty low since I am not a fan of peas. I liked this but will go for a thicker version next time and my guys definitely want a “next time”. Dorie inspired me to play around with more soups as this was truly easy and tough for me to rationalize not having time to try. Apologize for the late comment- I had too much fun running around seeing the Barefoot Contessa and cooking and ended up with a miserable cold (but it was worth it). Also- I added full slices of pancetta and it was (of course) difficult to eat. Love the chopped bacon- am going that route next time……

  10. Teresa

    My sour cream sank, too. We skipped the bacon – I used vegetable broth in the sauce, so thought we might as well keep it vegetarian for once…

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