Thursday, June 24, 2010

chilled pea soup with fresh mint and garlic scapes

Here in Philadelphia, we are riding out a week-long heat wave: 90-degree plus temperatures and high humidity, exacerbated by all the concrete and the 2 rivers that run through the city. During this steamy weather, my body craves cooling foods. But I can only eat so many salads. Inspired by the garlic scapes and bundle of fresh peppermint that graced last week's CSA share, I created this celadon soup. It's a refreshing juxtaposition of flavors: sweet peas, refreshing mint and a hint of mild heat from the garlic scapes. Best of all, it's super simple to make. Prepare it in the morning before you leave for work, so it can chill all day in the refrigerator, then puree it just before serving.

Chilled Pea Soup with Mint and Garlic Scapes

  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen petite peas
  • 1 bunch of garlic scapes (about 5 or 6 stalks), cut into 1-inch pieces 
  • 1 cup of mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 6-oz container of plain soy yogurt
  • 1/2 cup plain soy milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Serves 8

In a soup pot, bring stock to a boil. Add mint, peas and garlic. Boil gently for about 10-15 minutes. Whisk in yogurt and soy milk.

Chill in refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight. Puree just before serving and garnish with a few fresh mint leaves.


Amber Shea said...

Celadon...once again, your word choice is my favorite of any blogger out there :]
This looks really creamy and lovely.

fabiola said...

This is a great summer recipe! I'm copying right now and making it tomorrow for my kids and me!

Millie said...

that soup looks so delightful...yummy cold pea soup, its one of the best Summer soups ever.

Carrie said...

I absolutely love that bowl!

Mihl said...

Chilled soup is awesome when it's hot!
This soup sounds amazing, I like the pea/mint combination.

buffalodick said...

That sure looks attractive, and sounds cooling...

mamzelle yaya said...


veggie en folie said...


yummy, i am french almost vegan, and i have got a blog, sometimes i organize giveways, fell free to participate



veggie en folie said...

Must be very good, i love mint, by the way, do you speak french?

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Babette said...

Great, I'll know what to do with my next garlic scapes!

Cynthia said...

I like that square bowl.

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