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A recipe for a pureed pea soup topped with chili croutons.



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups leeks, only white & light green parts, chopped (save tops of leeks for making stock)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 5 cups fresh peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • Chives chopped for garnish
  • Pea tendrils for garnish


  • 1 cup safflower oil
  • 3 tablespoon crushed chili flakes
  • ΒΌ tsp salt
  • 1 loaf crusty bread, cut into 1 inch cubes



Preheat the oven to 350.

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine oil, chili flakes, & salt.

Cook over heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Be careful to not let it smoke.

Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and store at room temp in a glass jar. Place your cubed bread on a baking sheet, drizzle with chili oil and a bit of salt.

Bake until crispy, about 15-20 minutes, stirring half-way through.


In a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil until warm, sweat until tender & translucent in color, about 8 minutes. Add minced garlic clove & saute for 2 minutes.

Add vegetable stock & increase heat to high to bring to a boil. Add peas & only cook for 3-5 minutes until peas are tender. (You can use frozen peas, they will cook much quicker about 2 minutes.)

In batches, puree soup in a blender, or use an immersion blender.

Season with salt.

Pour the soup into four bowls, top with a spoon full of creme fraiche, croutons, and a sprinkle of chives and pea tendrils.

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