Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Asparagus and Pea Soup

Yup, that there is a bowl of spring if I ever did see one. This Monday Alayna and I had a soup party. Friends as far as Vermont came for a bowl of blended vegetables and artichoke leaves, or rather, another vehicle to melted butter. "People ask me, what's my favorite food? And I always say lobster of course," Alayna tells the group. "But I really just mean butter."

P.J. might have said it best- "Peas are so hot right now." Peas ARE hot right now. Do you guys utilize a pack of frozen peas as often as you should? Those things are like popcorn. I love when they are still a little bit frozen in the center so they sort of burst in your mouth like a veggie-gusher. I swear, that tastes good.

If you live in NYC, which you probably don't because my Google Analytics say you're more likely to live in Canada or Dubai, you'd know it's been a hot week. Probably not as hot as Dubai right far flung soupettes? This is a great soup warm but I can imagine would be wonderful cold with a dollop of yogurt. Okay friends, enjoy!

Asparagus and Pea Soup
  • in a medium saucepan, put 4 chopped medium red potatoes in water to boil and take a bag of peas out to thaw. you don't really have to thaw them if it's warm enough outside that they'll melt (they also make a delicious cooling snack in the meantime)
  • chop and saute one large yellow in olive oil on medium low heat
  • add 3-4 leeks, white part only, also chopped and half a bag of baby carrots (or 2-3 large carrots)
  • cook covered until onions are translucent
  • add two bunches of asparagus, also chopped, bring heat up some and cook covered
  • when asparagus is bright green, add the thawed peas, and min
  • when asparagus is easy to poke through with a fork (about five minutes) add potatoes in their water, a handful of parsley and top off with as much more as you need, adding vegan bouillon
  • voila! vegan soup
Delicious artichokes
  • cut the stems off your artichokes
  • cover with cold water and bring to a low boil
  • boil for 35-45 minutes.. when they are done, you should be able to easily poke through the bottom with a fork and pull leaves out of the center
  • drain and serve with melted garlic butter (microwaved or stove melted butter with two cloves of chopped garlic)
  • TO EAT: pull the leaves off, dip them in butter and scrape them with your teeth to get the meaty part, discarding the rest. the further in you go, the more tender the leaves will be. when you get to the tiny leaves, grab a spoon and scrape the babies leaves and the thistles (which you do NOT want to eat b/c they hurt when you swallow them, so clean thoroughly) to get to the HEART, which you can just cut into bite-sized pieces of butter dipped heaven and eat


  1. Ha! I'm commenting not only b/c I live in NYC (take that google analytics) but because I love peas and have a minimum of 2 bags of Cascadian Farm peas on every grocery list from Fresh Direct. I think peas get so little love. I am happy to find someone who shares my pea fondness and yes, I too like them a little frozen. I'll have to try the soup of course.

  2. Lauren, don't think I missed your comment about peas on my Twitter feed earlier today! Your pea passion only illustrates further how important it is to try our soup!