Fresh pea soup.
A traditional French soup that combines fresh peas and lettuce with leeks or shallots to make a thick creamy soup. The name comes from the Comte de Saint-Germain, who was a minister under King Louis XVI.
|6 slices||bread, whole wheat, for the croutons||220 g|
|3 tbsp||olive oil, for the croutons||45 mL|
|2||leeks, finely chopped||600 g|
|1||Boston lettuce, coarsely chopped||200 g|
|1/2 cup||fresh mint, coarsely chopped||26 g|
|3 cups||vegetable broth, low-sodium||750 mL|
|1 tbsp||butter, unsalted||14 g|
|2 cups||water||500 mL|
|4 cups||frozen peas||500 g|
|ground pepper to taste [optional]|
|1/4 cup||whipping cream 35% [optional]||65 mL|
Make the croutons.
- Prepare the vegetables : wash the leeks well, then chop them finely. Wash the lettuce, then chop it coarsely. Coarsely chop the mint.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over moderately low heat, then add the leeks and sauté 2-3 min, with stirring, until they are softened. Pour in the broth and water, then bring to a boil. Add the peas and lettuce, then simmer, partially covered (to reduce discoloration), 7-8 min, or until the peas are tender.
- Stir in the mint, then purée the soup in a blender or food processor. Return the soup to the pan, season it with salt and pepper, then reheat it 2-3 min until it is hot.
- In a small bowl, beat the cream until it is thickened slightly but still pourable. Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle the cream on each serving, garnish with croutons, and serve.
The soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer.
Nutrition Facts Table
per 1 Serving (300g)
% Daily Value
Servings of Canada's Food Guide1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
|Vegetables and Fruits :||2 ½||servings|
|Grain Products :||1||serving|
|Milk and Alternatives :||0||serving|
|Meat and Alternatives :||0||serving|
ClaimsThis recipe is :
- Free :
- Added Sugar, Trans Fat
- Low :
- Cholesterol, Saturated Fat
- Source of :
- Calcium, Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E
- Good source of :
- Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Zinc
- Excellent source of :
- Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin K
- Diet-related health claims :