This Parisian sweet pea soup is so beautifully simple, uses ingredients that are probably already hanging around the kitchen, and is absolutely delicious. A winner for weeknights, and it can be dressed up to make a nice dinner party starter course. Fun fact: This soup is traditionally known in France as a Potage Saint-Germain.
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 3 cups water
- 1 bag frozen peas
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 Tbsp whipping cream
Melt the butter in a dutch oven or heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 3 minutes, until they're soft and transparent. Add the water and the peas, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover, and let cook for about 15 minutes - until the peas are tender.
Use a hand mixer or a blender to puree into a smooth soup. If you're feeling ambitious, put a fine strainer over the pan (to catch any larger fibers or shells) and pour the soup back into the pan. I usually skip this step...I don't mind a more granular texture and am happy to save time and dishes for a weeknight dinner. Stir in the salt, pepper, and whipping cream and serve with crusty bread.