Pea and Basil Soup

TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings (6 1/2 cups)
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 4 1/2 cups) frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 cups cream
  • 4 to 6 very thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced roasted red bell peppers (jarred is fine)
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Directions

Place a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, butter, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and basil, and heat until the peas are thawed.

Place the pea mixture in a blender. Add 1 cup of the chicken broth and pulse until pureed, adding more broth, if necessary, to puree. Return the pureed mixture to the pot. Stir in the remaining chicken broth and cream. Return the pan to medium heat and cook until hot, but not boiling.

To serve, place the soup in bowls. Float a thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese on top of each soup and sprinkle with the diced roasted red bell peppers. Serve immediately.

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  • on March 09, 2014

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    Easy and tasty. I did not think the mozzarella added much, but the roasted peppers really top it off. Served it with sourdough, but I think I will try Italian or French next. Definitely saving as a soup favorite. Teens liked it!

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  • on March 14, 2012

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    I have always disliked peas, but when I saw Giada cooking it on her show it looked really good. I made it the other night and it was DELICIOUS! Very flavorful and filling! I diverted from the recipe a tad though. I only had dried basil on hand and I used an immersion blender (after taking the stock pot off the heat instead of a conventional blender. In the future, I would love to try this with cauliflower.

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  • on September 14, 2011

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    I was surprised by the flavor of this soup. The peas were sweet and the basil added a good depth to the flavor. Not sure if I pureed it enough as the peas actually had some texture, but was still good.

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