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Creamy Minted Pea Soup with Crème Fraîche

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    Creamy Minted Pea Soup with Crème Fraîche

    Our lovely pea soup is delicious on a warm evening. And, should the nighttime temperature take a sudden dive, this soup can also be served warm. Whenever possible, make it with organic ingredients.

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    1 Tbsp (15 mL) unsalted butter 2 large shallots, peeled and diced 1 garlic clove, minced 4 cups (1 L) low-sodium chicken stock 6 cups (1.5 L) frozen peas, thawed 1 tsp (5 mL) peeled, grated fresh ginger 1/4 cup (60 mL) lightly packed Italian parsley 1/4 cup (60 mL) lightly packed mint leaves 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 mL) fresh lemon juice Sea salt and white pepper, to taste 1/4 cup (60 mL) crème fraîche, whisked Fresh pea shoots, for garnish

    Melt butter in medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté just until soft. Stir in garlic and sauté for another minute. Be careful not to let shallots and garlic brown.

    Stir in chicken stock and bring to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and stir in peas and grated ginger. Do not cook peas or they will lose their bright green colour.

    Stir in herbs. Whirl in blender or use hand-held immersion blender and purée until soup is very smooth. Add a little water if soup is too thick. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste, and strain if you wish. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

    To serve, place in small bowls and garnish with a dollop of crème fraîche and a few pea shoots.

    Serves 8.

    Each serving contains: 164 calories; 9 g protein; 6 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 20 g total carbohydrates (7 g sugars, 5 g fibre); 293 mg sodium

    source: "Cool Summer Soups", alive #382, August 2014

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