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Pea soup with bacon
King Rat - April 9, 2009 9:13 am

I’ve attempted a green pea soup once before. It was decent, but was missing something. Yesterday I tried out the pea soup recipe in Greg Atkinson’s West Coast Cooking.

As always, what I did is somewhat adapted from the cookbook. If you want the official recipe, buy the book.

  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 2+ cups chicken broth
  • 1½ pounds frozen green peas
  • 6 ounces bacon
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  1. Cut bacon into small pieces
  2. Fry bacon until crispy
  3. Drain fat and dampen bacon on a paper towel
  4. Mix bacon and breadcrumbs
  5. Peel and thinly slice onion
  6. Wash and shred lettuce
  7. Heat butter in large soup pot over medium high heat
  8. Cook the onion until tender
  9. Add lettuce
  10. Cook just until wilted
  11. Add chicken broth
  12. Wait for boiling
  13. Add peas
  14. Cook about 10 to 15 minutes until peas are tender
  15. Purée soup in blender a couple cupfuls at a time
  16. Salt and pepper soup to taste
  17. Sprinkle breadcrumb/bacon stuff on top of served soup

This time the soup was pretty tasty. I think the addition of onion and bacon helped quite a bit. I don’t remember exactly what was in the last recipe, but I’m pretty sure those weren’t in it.

Pea Soup

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cross-posted from Pea soup with bacon
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synabetic From: synabetic Date: April 9th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm saving this recipe. Thanks! :)
foote3 From: foote3 Date: April 9th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I usually opt for a smoked hock or piece of smoke pork that goes in for the ride, then gets removed, shredded and added back in just after the pureeing -- but bacon is the food of the gods! I might keep that as a garnish...
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: April 9th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)


I make a similar pea soup with spinach instead of lettuce -- I think it makes it look even more crazy green.
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