Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spring Pea Soup with Lemon Crème Fraiche

Spring is in the air. Summer is not far away. Oh how I love this time of year.

We have little birds growing up before our very eyes in a nest in our backyard. The mama bird flies in and out to bring them nourishment and keeps them warm at night. I am sure it will not be long until they are all grown up and leave the nest for the big world outside the tree.

Over the weekend, I dusted off the patio cushions from their storage high up in our garage. Along with that, I sprayed the furniture with lots of water to remove any dirt or spider webs from the long winter. I just love preparing for the warm nights ahead and being able to enjoy a glass of wine with hubby while enjoying the serene sound of the water trickling into the fountain. This time of year just makes me smile.

I have several empty pots that are in need of bright flowers and herbs. This is on the list of must purchase over the weekend. I am not much of a green thumb, but with a bit of regular watering, I think I can keep them alive through the season – I promise. Smile.

In fact, last night hubby and I enjoyed a glass of delicious red wine and thinly sliced gruyere and chatted about our day at work. Max our little doggie, laid down between us, just hoping for a slice of cheese to drop. Unfortunately for Max, nothing fell to the floor.

At the farmers market over the weekend, spring peas were in full abundance. I purchased a large bag along with a bag or two of pre-shelled spring peas from Trader Joe’s. Last Monday, I visited one of my favorite blogs – Yummy Supper that I have been following for quite some time. Erin had posted a wonderful recipe for Spring Pea Soup that instantly caught my eye. With spring peas in hand, this was a must make on Sunday. Hubby and I enjoyed it last night while watching one of our favorite television shows. I made a few slight changes to the recipe and enjoyed every delicious bite of this simply divine soup!

Spring Pea Soup with Lemon Crème Fraiche

4 strips of bacon, chopped
1 large onions, small dice
4 cups shelled peas (about 3.5 pounds of peas still in their pods)
3 medium mint leaves, sliced
5 cups good quality chicken or veggie stock
Plenty of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon heavy cream
4 T. Crème Fraiche
Lemon zest

In a large soup pot, cook your bacon with the lid on for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Drain the bacon renderings and leave a tablespoon or two to cook the onions. Add the onions and cook another 2 minutes so that the bacon and onion flavors marry nicely. Add the peas, mint, and stock. Toss in a few generous pinches of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Bring everything to a simmer and cook for about 7-8 minutes until peas are just tender. Taste for seasoning. Do not overcook, to keep the bright green color.

Add cream, and puree soup with an emulsion blender. Add 4 tablespoons of crème fraiche along with the zest of one lemon to a small bowl and mix. Top each bowl of soup with the crème fraiche.


  1. Lovely soup Lisa! I'm making soup in the am, even though it was almost 90 here today.
    I have to get over to the farmers market this week. Your peas look just perfect;-) It always feels good to get outside and clean up for Spring and Summer;-)

  2. This looks delicious, Lisa! I love that you added some mint as well. A perfect use for the peas I've been buying at the strawberry stand!

  3. Your soup looks really vibrant...perfect spring soup!

  4. This makes me feel like celebrating spring so much! It should be wonderful watching a family of birds everyday. I love your recipe!

  5. What a beautiful spring soup and pretty pictures, too, Lisa. I've never made pea soup before but I love your take on it with the lemon creme fraiche and the mint leaves. I bet this tastes as fresh as it looks!

    Have a wonderful week!

  6. I can't wait to go to the farmers market this weekend and see what is there. This pea soup is such a pretty color. The lemon cream sounds like a great pairing with it!

  7. I love Spring and I will miss it...Love the little birdy shot...so adorable!
    And soup looks fantastic, great recipe too! Thank you for sharing!!!

  8. This soup is gorgeous and so are the photos, what a beautiful post. Made me want to run out and find some new Spring Peas.

  9. Hi, Lisa! Lovely-looking soup!

    Am I the only food blogger without a garden? I'm so jealous that most of you guys have an outdoor space / patio / backyard...I'm a wanna-be gardener without a garden, so I just go to farmers' market to indulge myself!

  10. I have to admit that only way I have been cooking this type of peas is stir fry. I know I should be creative like you. Or maybe pea is common ingredient for the soup? Anyway I already love this recipe. It's a must try!

  11. Oh, the birdies are adorable!! My dad had some little birds that hatched under his watchful eye last year - he was like a proud papa all over again.

    Love the flavors in this soup - especially the lemon creme!

  12. What a delightful and refreshing soup...delicious!


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