Springtime recipe: Fresh Pea Soup

Try this awesome recipe from Canal House for the most beautiful, green, yummy springtime soup! "We use organic frozen peas to make this beautiful bright-green soup. Adding them to the pot at the tail end of the cooking time preserves their sweet flavor and vivid green color. It's lovely garnished with lots of snipped fresh chives, dill or chervil. Adding a small dollop of creme fraiche, sour cream, or whipped cream to each serving is pretty delicious, too."

Fresh Pea Soup makes 6 cups

2 tablespoons butter 1 leek, trimmed, washed and sliced 1 russet potato, peeled and cut into small pieces 4 cups chicken broth (or Vegetarian broth) 2 pounds (6 cups) frozen peas Salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring often, until soft but not colored, about 10 minutes.

Add the potatoes and chicken broth to the pot and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add the peas and season with some salt and pepper. When the peas are heated through, about 1 minute, remove the pot from the heat.

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. For a smoother texture, pass it through a strainer into a bowl, discarding the solids. Taste the soup and season it with more salt, if you like, as it will probably need it.

Return the soup to the pot and warm it over low heat. Or, cover and refrigerate it until cold. Serve the soup hot or cold.