Cheating-on-Winter Pea Soup

2.22.2013



Just in case you feel betrayed afterwards, I might as well tell you from the start, there is lettuce in this soup. 

Now that we have that part out of the way, this soup is called Cheating-on-winter Pea Soup and that is a catchy name, imagine if you read pea lettuce soup... because add some onion (I used shallots) and broth, simmer everything for ten minutes, blend it until smooth, and that´s about the recipe.




Now, this title is interesting, unlike the long and slow apples, because let´s face it, who doesn´t want to cheat on winter? All hands are raised I believe... Unlike those poor apples who were a showstopper dessert but had a forgettable name. Dorie gets some extra points for this one.

This is a nice bowl of soup, and there´s not much more to say about it, except for the part that you probably want to know. What about the lettuce. Did it taste like it? No. Did it have a weird texture? No. Did it improve the texture? No. Then why the heck is it there? I don´t know. 



The thing is it actually tasted good, very good. But it was a pea flavor, which is really nice. But just peas. A bit too simple I might add. If you´re thinking `come on, throw in a bunch of fresh mint, add some spinach, I don´t know, do something´, I´m with you. So that´s what I did.
I added more peas, some thyme and arugula, which I had leftover from this pear almond arugula salad. Back to simmer for ten minutes and back to the blender.
It tasted way better, with a piquant quality to it, from the arugula I guess. Really good.



Will I make it again? Yes, but with arugula and more peas. And maybe spinach too.
With lettuce? I very highly doubt it, since I don´t even keep lettuce in my fridge, because I hardly use it. Not my kind of green.
To check out the rest of the group´s recipes go to the French Fridays with Dorie page.
To see the recipe go to bon appetit.


36 comments:

  1. Not sure why the lettuce is in there either but it's made me realise I can use up oldish lettuces in other soups!!

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  2. I really like the idea of arugula. I never think of reaching for lettuce for flavor really...

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  3. Arugula is an excellent option...much more flavor than Romaine :) Your soup is so vibrant and beautiful, Paula!

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  4. The lettuce was an odd touch. I added pea shoots in mine as well (which I forgot to note in my post...) and thought that added a nice touch. I thought a touch of sherry or thyme would have been nice in tehre as well. But now, I know what to do with my extra lettuce!

    Beautiful bowl of soup :-)

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  5. Yes, Arugula probably gave this soup some depth... it was too one dimensional.

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  7. I think the romaine caused us all to scratch our heads but it worked didn't it? Arugula sounds like a good idea too!

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  8. Paula - I like your changes. I should have thougth to make this soup with spinach instead of skipping it. Lettuce in soup was just to weird for me.

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. Love your idea of the arugula! I was pleasantly surprised with how good this soup was.

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  10. Why is your green prettier than my green, Paula? What a beautiful color. Your can take some credit for liking lettuce if you are eating arugula - that's lettuce, in my book. It's almost wrong to not like lEttuce, isn't it? Of course, since I'm a rule follower, I didn't even question why lettuce was added but, now, thanks to you, I do. Your additions really seemed to perk up the flavor of this soup. I liked it because it's so easy but think I will make your changes and additions next time. I liked the name also.

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  11. Love the idea of arugula in there. This sounds like a lovely soup.

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  12. This soup sounds so delicious my friend, I have never tried aragula before :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. Oooo Paula! I love arugula, and I can imagine the wonderful flavor it imparts in this soup. I will have to give that a try next time I make this…we thought it was very good! It was even better the second day…it thickened up to such a nice consistency! A lovely soup! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Yeah, the lettuce part was weird and I was skeptical. But hey, it tasted good in the end. Yours is such a pretty green soup and I love the creme fraiche swirl on top.

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  15. looks great! :) I will have to keep arugula in mind when I make this!

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  16. Lettuce in this soup?! That is a surprise :)

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  17. I like the flavor additions - it is a bit of a one-note soup, isn't it? I'm still curious as to what the lettuce brings to it. Love the color on yours - looks terrific!

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  18. I suppose being in the other hemisphere, this was more like cheating summer soup for you. Arugula is one of my favorite greens. I never thought of cooking it, but then again, I never though of cooking lettuce either. I will try it next time. I also like the idea of adding fresh mint. It goes so well with peas.

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  19. Thanks for experimenting with the greens for those of us who didn't. I bet the arugula added a peppery bite?

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  20. Great idea using arugula. I need to try. It the next time I make this recipe. Thanks for sharing:)

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  21. You could make your next batch without the lettuce and let us know. I felt it added a 'freshness' to the peas and provided a wee bit of dimension it wouldn't have otherwise. I agree though that this is a good base for adding in whatever else is on hand. Thyme....chives... whatever. Lovely picture!

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  22. I love how vibrant this soup is. Goodbye winter, hello spring :D

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  23. Cute post, Paula. I agree that Dorie got the name of this one perfectly. Your soup looks beautiful and I like the idea of adding some mint, or arugula or spinach. I didn't have lettuce so I left it out.

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  24. Paula, your Pea Soup certainly has a striking green color! And it is nice to play around with the base recipe a bit, different salads, different greens, more peas, ven better, fresh ones. I am sure that you will make some more wonderful and delicious "green pea soup variations" in the near future.
    Have a good weekend!

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  25. Fabulous colour, isn't it? I love things made with peas, soup, pesto etc. The key to keeping peas really green and intensify the colour is to put the blended cooked peas into a metal bowl over iced water. Then reheat when needed.

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  26. The verdant green soup has evoked a strong longing for the season of spring! Mint and peas are such a classic combination, reminiscent of a fine weekend in April!

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  27. I like the idea of arugula. I wasn't sure about the flavour of the soup, so I added thyme and garlic to mine and I'm glad I did.

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  28. I missed so many great recipes, this one looks fantastic,and your photography skills keep getting better, I'm going to need some tutorials from you!!!

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  29. I love PEAS! The soup looks delightful!

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  30. This looks wonderful but I have to ask (like you) if the lettuce really adds anything... Arugula might, and spinach definitely would, too. Still, it sounds simple and delicious for a winter's day. Especially with your whole wheat mountain bread!

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  31. I've never heard of soup with lettuce in it, but I'm up for anything that lets me cheat on winter. The weather and I aren't on speaking terms right now. Love the bright, happy color of this too!

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  32. Your soup looks wonderful-- love the color and like the addition of mint. I don't often have mint on hand but will include it in my small herb garden this spring.

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  33. Now I want another bowl! This looks great!

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  34. So sorry for the late comment. Nana and I had too much fun traipsing around to see the Barefoot Contessa and I ended up coming down with a miserable cold Good thing I had all this fabulous soup to enjoy:) I have to say that these photos are off the charts- you make me want to roll up my sleeves and knock out another batch !!

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