Buttery baby pea soup with pan griddled bread

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the soup

1kg frozen green peas
60g butter
850ml chicken or vegetable stock
2 medium onions, roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
120ml sour cream, for garnish

For the bread

1 demi-baguette (or half a French baguette), cut into 8 (1 1/2-cm) thick slices
Extra virgin olive oil
1) In a medium saucepan, combine the peas, butter, stock and onions. If the peas are not submerged in liquid, add just enough water to cover them. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until the onions are soft enough to puree and the peas are still bright green.

2) While the peas are cooking, griddle the bread. Heat a griddle pan over high heat for 3 minutes. Pour some olive oil onto a large plate. Sprinkle the oil with salt then dip the pieces of bread quickly on both sides into the oil. Griddle the bread until it's slightly charred and hot, about three minutes per side.

3) Using an immersion blender, standing blender* or food processor, puree the soup until smooth and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Serve each bowl with a dollop of sour cream on top and some griddled bread on the side.

*When blending hot liquids, remove the liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer the liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

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