Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Start your Rosh Hashana Lunch Off Bright: Green Pea Soup (Pareve Recipe)

This soup is bright green and really tastes like peas.
Prep time: 30-35 min.  Pureeing time: 15 min.  Chilling over ice: 15-20 min.

2 stalks celery                    8 quart stock pot                   
1 large onion                    large colander
2 tablespoons olive oil            electric food processor/blender
8 cups peas (fresh/frozen)            large mixing bowl
8 cups pareve instant chicken broth
2 tablespoons sugar
white pepper to taste
  1. Defrost and drain peas if you are using frozen ones. Rinse fresh peas. Set aside.
  2. Clean celery, peel onion and chop them both.
  3. Heat oil in stockpot over medium heat. Add chopped vegetables and cook until soft. Stir often.
  4. When vegetables are soft, add pareve broth and bring to a boil.
Add peas. Allow broth to return to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook (uncovered) about 15 minutes or until peas are very tender.
  1. Drain peas and vegetables in a colander reserving liquid.
  2. Puree peas in small batches, adding broth a little at a time. Pour pureed soup into a mixing bowl and place in a larger mixing bowl filled with ice or ice cold water.* Stir soup until it has cooled.
  3. Taste soup. Add sugar and white pepper to taste. Refrigerate. Serve cold.
  4. * Note: Don’t skip this step. The ice helps the soup retain its right green color so that it looks beautiful on  the table.

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