(Note: this post was originally published on March 15, 2020. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)
"This soup is perfect for spring!" might be a weird thing to say, but it's true! This is definitely a springy soup. It's warm and creamy and cozy, but has a light, fresh flavor thanks to sugar snap peas and lemon. It's ideal for those evenings when it's still cold but you really wish it wasn't.
My idea for this soup came about after seeing some nice split pea soups online this winter. Split pea is good, but it's so wintry and hearty. I wanted to reinvent pea soup in a way that seemed right for this transitional season. My solution was to use sugar snap peas. Sugar snaps are the best! They're so vibrant and fresh, and have such beautiful color. I wanted to exploit that color here, in order to make a soup that reminds me of new growth and spring sunshine.
This soup gets its creaminess from cauliflower, which gives it a luscious texture. Cauliflower is also the perfect base because of its white color. In order to keep this soup bright green, I suggest using some unflavored nut milk in the base (instead of broth, which is yellow-brown) and cooking the onion until just soft but not caramelized. Keeping all the other ingredients white will let the snap peas' color really shine!
You'll see in the recipe below that you have some choices to make about your liquid. You can use any unflavored plant milk you love that can stand up to heat. I love soy milk because of its richness, although almond milk would work fine too. Coconut milk would really change the flavor, but would yield a lovely creaminess. Do what works for you, and feel free to adjust the milk/water ratio accordingly.
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Isn't this a fun one? I think it's perfect for March and April days when you're in the mood for a really springy meal, but the weather isn't coorperating and so you want something cozy too.
Let's be honest though... the best part of this soup is all the fun stuff you can pile on top of it! As with any soup, you can really have fun with the garnishes. I kept it pretty simple with a little drizzle of rich olive oil, some freshly ground pepper, a few raw peas, and some crunchy pistachios (since they're green!). But some croutons would be fun, or perhaps some salty feta, or a fresh springy herb like dill.
Regardless of how you choose to enjoy this bright green beauty, I hope it brings some sunshine to your day!
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The perfect spring meal, this is a seasonally-appropriate riff on split pea soup that uses sugar snap peas instead. It's simultaneously fresh and cozy, and has the most lovely pale green color.
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