February 26, 2009

pretty pea and lettuce soup

This soup is vibrant, and delicious. Just right for brightening up these dull winter days. With a hunk of just baked crusty bread and lots of lovely butter......mmm

It's so simple to make too, which is another plus!.....and who would have thought, lettuce, in a soup would work, but work it certainly does; adding texture and verdant green flecks to set off the delicate pale pea green. Add a couple of succulent and crispy slices of grilled parma ham, and there you have it, perfection in a bowl!

Pea and Lettuce Soup with Parma Ham
(Recipe by Alfie - adapted from various sources)

2 onions
2-3 cloves garlic
2T olive oil
1 lettuce, shredded
500g frozen peas
600mls veggie stock
200mls creme fraiche
half a teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
salt and pepper
4-6 slices of parma ham

  • Fry off the onions and garlic for a few minutes until soft and starting to brown - but not too much.

  • Add the lettuce and peas to the pan and cook for a few minutes more. Only just enough to thaw the peas though.

  • Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 4-5 mins, but not too long, otherwise you will lose the lovely bright green colour.

  • Then add the creme fraiche and the seasonings to taste. Blitz with a hand whisk, or in a blender.

  • Grill the parma ham until crispy, and then serve the soup with the parma ham arranged on the top.


Alex said...

Lettuce soup is something my mum would do for me when I was little...
Your post has prompted me to do my own version now! Looks delish!

recipes2share said...

I really like the addition of PArma ham!

Way2fargone said...

Lettuce Soup, I never thought of that.