Friday, July 3, 2009

More with English Peas

Still feeling groggy with jet lag, I needed to do something simple and wanted something flavorful and satisfying.

We had fresh English peas and a few odds and ends on hand, as well as new ingredient, smoked sweet onions from Tierra Vegetables. Using Ina Garten's Fresh Pea Soup recipe as a base, I made the following soup for dinner.
Fresh Pea Soup with Smoked Sweet Onions and Basil Creme
Serves 4

5c fresh English peas
.25c smoked sweet onions, chopped
1c walla walla onion greens (white and light green parts only), sliced
2T olive oil
1t salt
.25t black pepper
4c water
1c basil creme (heavy cream infused with fresh basil)

Heat olive oil in a small stockpot. Add both types onions and sautee till soft. Add water and peas, bring to a boil, and simmer for 5-10 minutes, checking peas frequently -- do not overcook. Blend in batches with salt, pepper, and basil cream.

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