This evening, after a baking hot day, L and I made Sweet Pea Soup with Parmigiano Toast for dinner. This is a really good meal, both the soup and toast are extremely tasty. And hot. The soup did involve getting the blender out of the cupboard and using it which always seems like a bit of hard work, not to mention the hot- soup- in- blender- causing- glass- to- explode- risk. But other than that, the meal is pretty straightforward. We sautéed the onion, garlic and thyme in the residual fat left over from browning the chopped bacon for the toast toppings. Hot sauce and salt and pepper were added to season. To that we added a bag of frozen peas, and once they were warmed through, the whole lot was transferred to the blender. The peas were puréed with some of the chicken stock, then the mixture was added back to the pan. The remainder of the chicken stock was added, with some cream or half-and-half. Ten minutes of simmering later, lemon zest and juice was stirred into the green, and the soup was ready to serve.
Meanwhile, we toasted some slices of baguette then topped them with a mixture of parsley, parmigiano cheese and chopped, cooked bacon. The toasts were browned under the grill. The only thing that I wouldn’t advise is to float the taosts on the soup. They look mighty pretty but they are certainly hard to eat. Fortunately after almost 9 years, L and I have few airs and graces left so the sight of me trying to bite a soggy on the underside, crunchy on the top toast from my spoon without burning myself didn’t seem too alarming. L sensibly kept his toast separate from the soup, and looked far more attractive politely nibbling them. The soup is tasty and green and flavoursome and good. The hot sauce adds a little kick without a great deal of spice. The toasts are just delicious little nibbles. They would be good appetizers or a late night snack. Overall, an excellent meal, despite the extreme heat.
Tomorrow we will be making version two; Creamy Spinach Soup with Fontina Toast. We reckon that the shade of grenn may be darker, but otherwise the meal may well look identical. The third version, Creamy Broccoli Soup with Cheddar and Chive Toast which will probably look very similar, although probably a mid-shade of green.