This soup held a lot of promise, after all, cheating on winter sounds like a good idea at this time of year. All those birds I've been hearing in the morning also sounds like 'cheating on winter'. Maybe they want to cheat, too, and get started early on the construction of their spring homes.
I certainly loved the few ingredients: onions, butter, chicken broth, peas, and romaine lettuce, along with salt/pepper, creme fraiche or sour cream and bacon bits. As promised by Dorie, I whipped this soup up in about 15 minutes. My immersion blender seemed to be working hard to puree everything, and though I have my Vitamix in the corner of my kitchen, I chose to keep blending in the pan. When I read about the pea skins remaining after this process (immersion vs. regular blending), I thought that maybe it wouldn't be a big deal. Especially after coming home from my hour long Jazzercise class (my replacement class for the one that no longer runs at work), and deciding dinner would be this soup and only 15 minutes cook time. Jazzercise is a lot of fun; if you haven't tried it, it's an hour of fun dance moves guaranteed to get your heart rate up and sweat flowing! But I love it. I took it about 25 years ago (yes, it has been around that long!) and loved it. So when I found a local class about 20 minutes away, I joined. I am in my 4th week. Not a class for faint of heart. To my surprise and delight, there are many women my age (50+) and older, and younger, so it's a very mixed group. I am happy to see mature ladies taking care of themselves and in such numbers!
So I wasn't worried about a few pea skins at around 8pm, when I decided to plate up the soup for Husband and me. Son wouldn't eat this pea soup; he prefers the Chunky Pea Soup with Ham (it is good, I admit).
I loved the vibrant green color! That in itself was 'cheating on winter'!
The flavor was decent though I thought some herbs would have brightened it even more. And I did find the pea skins to be quite annoying. If I make it again, it will have to be blended in the Vitamix blender.
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