By ms_bold on February 23, 2008
Photo by ms_bold
Photo by ms_bold
"Earlier, I had posted Barefoot Contessa's Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwiches after watching an episode of Ina Garten's show on the FoodNetwork. Now, I have finally tried the Fresh Pea Soup from that airing and found that I love it, as well. I prepared this with frozen peas, and while the original recipe did call for mint, I didn't have any on hand and omitted it. Pea soup may make some people's heads spin, but this is so good. Pairing with the flavorful Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich would be an incredible meal."
Serving Size: 1 (367 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"This is really nice, healthy and fresh- plus quick and easy to throw together. For a half recipe, I just used 1 yellow onion and 2 green onions/chives (no leeks), sauteeing them together. I also used frozen peas and no creme fraiche (which in similar recipes is sometimes substituted with milk). My 10 month old baby loved it! Halving the recipe only gave 2 big servings, so the full recipe might only feed 4 people who really like soup. Thanks for the delicious healthy recipe! ....Side note- I used the basic chicken stock that I always have in my freezer: fry mastic and cardamom pods in little veg oil until mastic dissolves & card is fragrant, add water to boil, put in a whole chicken and onions + garlic + salt + pepper, pressure cook till chicken is falling off the bone. (Then lightly butter & season the chicken pieces and brown them under the broiler to have them for an easy dinner)"
"I love this soup! I didn't think I'd love it as much as I did but what a nice spring/summer soup this is. I didn't use an onion and used veg rather than chicken stock. I also used heavy cream rather than creme fraiche. I serve this with Recipe #285307 so I decided that the croutons would be overkill. All in all this was wonderful, the kids loved it too (DH didn't love it, but he ate it) and it was so easy to make especially with a hand blender. Next week I'll try making a batch to freeze for lunches for the kids and me. Thanks for posting."
"Lovely Soup! I used frozen Minted Peas and Ham stock to make a 'Pea & Ham soup'. I used onions as I had no leeks and lite sour cream too. My 1 1/2 yr old also wasn't interested in it! Thanks for sharing!"
"I also wish I could give this 4.5 stars. I thought it was great. I used dried mint (about 1/2 tsp) and it was just fine. Also used sour cream rather than the creme fraiche, as the previous review had mentioned. Will make again... althought my 1 1/2 year old wanted nothing to do with it :)"
"I stuck very close to the recipe and only substituted heavy cream for the creme fraiche (because I had no idea where to find it!). I left it a little bit chunkier so you could still make out some pieces of peas. My husband and I were crazy about this soup! AMAZING!"
"**I have to say that I made it according to the original Barefoot Contessa recipe and added fresh mint before blending** I wish I could give it 4 1/2 stars. I really liked it but my husband and daughters didn't. My husband disliked it so much he wouldn't eat it!! (Which is really rare! He usually eats it then tells me he wasn't crazy about it). I, on the other hand, ate his and mine and leftovers for lunch for the next two days! I thought it was really fresh- summer/spring tasting. One note on the creme fraiche- I've always wanted to try it- the packaging is so pretty! But it tastes almost exactly like sour cream (the good one- none of that fat-free stuff). So next time I will just use sour cream and save some $$."
"We made both the soup and the sandwiches listed here, and they were fantastic, company-worthy dishes. I'll definitely make these again!"
"nice photo but this soup was not amazing. It was very nice though and I will definately make it again. My husband liked it too."