Fresh Pea Soup with Mint And Creme Fraiche

Category : Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients (Help):
2 tb Sweet butter
1 sm Onion; diced
1 Celery stalk; washed, diced
1 Leek; white only, washed,
Salt; to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper;
-to taste
1 ts Curry powder
1 Bay leaf
1/2 ts Dried thyme
2 qt Chicken stock
3 lb Fresh peas; shelled
1 c Creme fraiche
2 tb Chopped fresh mint

In a soup pot melt butter and add onion, celery, leeks, salt, and pepper.
Cook vegetables for 5 minutes until translucent. Add curry powder and cook
2 minutes. In cheesecloth, combine bay leaf and thyme and tie to form an
herb sachet. Add sachet of herbs to vegetables. Have stock simmering in
saucepan. Add hot stock to vegetables, boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20
minutes. Add peas and simmer for additional 10 minutes. Remove sachet of
herbs and discard. With immersion blender, puree soup (or puree with care
in batches in a conventional standing blender). Return soup and pot to
heat, add creme fraiche, being careful not to allow soup to boil, reheat.
Add mint and serve. This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.

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