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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Easiest Pea Soup

This soup requires only 3 ingredients, yes only 3. I got the idea from Marthinus Ferreira at a tasting of the new winter menu at DW eleven 13, they served a luscious pea soup with a scotch egg made with a soft quail's egg - it was so delightful. I asked one of the journos at the table about it and she said she'd seen Marthinus making the soup using only peas and a little milk - genius. Here's my version:

Easiest Pea Soup

Ingredients: (serves 3-4)
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 kg frozen peas
750ml milk (plus extra if desired)
olive oil and salt and pepper

To serve: cream and 100g parma ham (optional)

Sauté the onion in a little olive oil with a pinch of salt on medium heat until soft and translucent in colour, then set aside.
Boil the peas until tender then drain.
Pop the peas and onions into a blender in 2 batches and blend with the milk before returning to the saucepan. Taste and season with salt and pepper and heat through before serving.
If the soup is a little too thick for your liking, add a little more milk and stir to combine.
Cut the parma ham into strips and fry in a little olive oil until crisp.
Serve with a dollop of fresh cream, a few strips of parma ham and plenty of black pepper.

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