Chilled Spring Pea Soup

Cindy Thomas, July 11, 2015

chilled spring pea soup

chilled spring pea soup

Here’s another lovely summer recipe from Daniel Boulud’s Cookbook.  I’m not always a big fan of chilled soups or of peas, so I wasn’t sure if I would love this one.  I’m happy to say I was totally wrong….it is delicious!  It was a super hot summer day in the mid-90s when I made this.  What a perfect dinner on a hot day.

One thing I loved about making this recipe is just the beautiful green color of the vegetables in it.

 fresh sugar snap peas

fresh sugar snap peas

celery, leek and onion

celery, leek and onion

The recipe begins with browning bacon in the soup pot.  This is always a good beginning!   Then the celery, leek and onion go in the pot with some olive oil after removing the bacon and excess fat.  What a delicious way to impart the bacon flavor into the vegetables.

a lovely aromatic mixture

a lovely aromatic mixture

Some of the cooked bacon and fresh rosemary are put back in the pot once some broth is added.  Then the bacon and rosemary come back out before the soup is blended.  I love this sneaky way of adding flavor! A variety of peas and some parsley are just quickly heated through and get added to the mix before blending.  Gorgeous!

I love this color of green!!

I love this color of green!!

Then comes the part that I loved best on this hot day…an ice bath to chill the soup!  I wanted to jump in with it to cool off!!

The soup is finished with a mild flavored garlic cream and some of that crisp bacon.

rosemary simmers in the garlic cream sauce

rosemary simmers in the garlic cream sauce

My kids were good sports and tried a bit of this soup.  It was not their favorite….

kid sized portions

kid sized portions

My husband and I loved it and look forward to eating it again this summer when the peas from my garden are ready!
If you’d like to make this recipe, it can be found in this cookbook: Cafe Boulud Cookbook

Also, if you’d like to see how other members of Weekend in a French Kitchen fared with this recipe, check out this link: LYL Weekend in a French Kitchen

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6 thoughts on “Chilled Spring Pea Soup”

  1. Kayte says:

    So cute on the little kids not really calling this a favorite. Here it was the husband doing so, lol. Love your process photos. I always think I am going to do process photos and then I lose track in the middle of it all and have like two disconnecting photos at the end. Someday. 🙂

  2. Tammy says:

    It really was delicious, wasn’t it? I think I’d like to make it again to put some in the freezer for these hot PNW days we’ve been having!! Your boys are always good sports trying new things … I love that you are teaching them to TRY!

  3. We loved it! We’ve always had that rule with our kids: just try it. And now, at 11 and 13, they eat just about anything…and are learning to cook, too.

  4. Perfect soup for hot summer days! Glad your kids tried this too. Great description of the process 🙂

  5. Alice says:

    WOW you got some really great photos and the soup looks really delicious! 😉

  6. Cakelaw says:

    So glad that you enjoyed this soup. My initial reservations about it were sadly not overcome, but I am glad that I made it.

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