Summery Sweet Green Pea Soup with Dill, and a Bounteous Garden

This light and lovely green pea soup is wonderful hot or cold – a perfect summer meal. All you need is a bag of frozen peas and a bit of dill. So creamy, but not a drop of cream in it. You’ll want to make this again and again.
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Summer Green Pea Soup with Dill

Thankful.

That is the word I feel when I look at my lush and bountiful garden. Thankful for all this goodness at its bursting sweet best. Corn is as tall as a house, beets as big as my fist, sweet nobbly carrots, potatoes as big as shoes, and herbs growing with wild abandon. The path down the middle of the garden is no longer a path, but an obstacle course of sprawling yellow calendulas and tipped-over flowering cilantro. I need to step over the crazy red poppies I love to leave growing where they will, and force my way between the leg-tangling leaves of kale. The potato plants are up to my waist!

green pea soup; lush garden 2017

green pea soup; the herb bed next to the greenhouse

the herbs are thriving

What happened to this garden when my back was turned? When did it turn into a jungle? It’s been a strange year for growing. Some things didn’t germinate at all and others became massive monsters. I planted peas twice, and still only have a few plants – just enough for a little nibble here and there. Lettuce didn’t even peek its head out of the ground, even though I tried seeding it several times. Kohlrabi went into hiding – didn’t feel like growing this year, and the pole beans are just starting to meander their way around the teepee poles.

Yet the corn is eight feet tall, and the potatoes have become as big and tangled as a bramble patch – I have no hope of seeing where the rows are. Parsnips are up to my knees and tomatoes up to my armpits. We’ve even got a small watermelon growing – the first one ever.

green pea soup; the garden's bounty - a basket of vegetables overflowing

We cannot keep up with all that wonderful produce. Yet here I am, making soup with a bag of frozen peas. Yes, you may ask why.

  1. No peas in the garden – except a few spindly plants.
  2. Need to make room in the freezer – gotta use up stuff.

It’s like that fairy tale where the food just keeps appearing on the table. Our freezer magically keeps filling itself so I never have more than a smidge of room to put something new into it. So I took out a bag of peas and made a little divot where I can now add a bag of fresh garden beans. I don’t think I’m really solving my problem. Hmmmm.

I’ll have to have some soup while I figure that one out.

Sweet fresh green pea soup – it’s a taste of the garden in a bowl. The light flavour and smooth texture are a delight; spoonfuls of silk slipping down your throat. Bright grassy notes of dill complement the sweet base of green peas. A splash of apple juice adds a subtle tang. It all comes together for a little taste of green garden heaven.

When a friend drops by and you can share a bowl, you are sharing a bit of summer.

holding a bowl of green pea soup

I’m feeling thankful. (Frozen peas are a blessing, too.)

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Kitchen Frau Notes: If you’ve got fresh peas – use ’em. But only if they’re nice and small. If they’re too ripe, peas can be mealy and bitter and totally change the tone of this soup. Frozen peas tend to be picked when they’re smaller and sweeter, so they are often a better option for fresh pea soup.

To make this soup vegan, use oil instead of butter and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

lovely bowl of green pea soup with dill

Sweet Green Pea Soup with Dill

  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee (use oil for vegan & dairy-free version)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (2 cups chopped)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 6 cups frozen peas (one 750gm/26oz. bag), or use fresh young peas if available
  • 4 cups (960ml) chicken or vegetable stock (use vegetable stock for vegan version)
  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ cup (20gms) packed, finely chopped dill (remove stems before measuring or chopping)

Heat butter in a 3 or 4 quart/litre heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 – 8 minutes, until the vegetables are translucent and soft.

Add the peas, stock, apple juice, bay leaf, salt, and white pepper.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low boil, and cook for 5 minutes, uncovered. Remove the bay leaf.

Purée the soup in a blender, in two batches, or use an immersion blender, until it is silky smooth. Return the puréed soup to the saucepan. Add the dill and taste for seasoning. Add more salt or pepper if it needs it (depends on how salty your stock was). Reheat the soup just until it starts to simmer. Serve and garnish with dill fronds.

* Alternately you can serve the soup cold. It’s also delicious that way, on a hot day.

Serves 6.

Guten Appetit!

 

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Green Pea Soup with Dill

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2 Responses to Summery Sweet Green Pea Soup with Dill, and a Bounteous Garden

  1. Pat Turcotte says:

    Have to try this soup, sounds so summery and yummy!
    Love your pictures of your garden and your description of the various plants.
    Loved your trout recipe and remembering your Dad. Very touching.

    I also enjoyed last week’s post on the Evan’s Cherries. Twelve year’s ago we were eating Evan’s cherries at my Mom’s place on Moose Lake, about 8 miles out of Bonnyville, AB. Mom had just passed away and we were cleaning things out. Memories!
    Forwarded your email to all my siblings in AB. Thank You!

    • Margaret says:

      Thank you, Pat, for your lovely comment. I love how certain foods can trigger such strong memories and emotions. Immediately on reading your comment about Evans cherries and your mom, I remembered Dad’s last visit to our house; he was laying in bed, very weak, and I brought him a little bowl of Evans cherries picked from the tree. He enjoyed them soooo much, and kept marveling at how we could grow cherries here on the prairies and how ripe and sweet they were. It too, is now a treasured memory. Thank you for sharing yours.

      And thank you for stopping by to read my blog and comment. I so appreciate the contact and support!

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