If fresh late spring peas are available, substitute for the frozen peas. This chilled soup tastes of springtime, and makes a perfect first course before an elegant ham dinner of Glazed Ham with Dried Cherry Caramelized Onions.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound peas (fresh, shelled OR 10-oz package frozen green peas)
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • nutmeg (freshly grated to garnish)
  • carrot (shredded to garnish)

Directions

  1. Place peas, green onion, thyme, sugar and broth in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Let mixture cool slightly. Puree, in batches, in food processor or blender. Stir in milk, season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Garnish servings with freshly grated nutmeg and shredded carrot.
  2. Serves 8 (1/2 cup servings)
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