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
- ¼ 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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