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Ffwd: Cheating on winter pea soup

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The sun is shinning on this chilly winter's afternoon.  The sky is so big and blue I am remembering what it feels like as the birds chirp and flowers bloom.  The illusion will be short lived as the threat of clouds loom in the horizon and the weatherman is proclaiming more snow is on it's way.  Perhaps if I had the time to snow shoe this weekend I would be more excited about it.

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This vibrant bowl of soup is making every effort to remind me that the color and glory of spring really is only weeks away.  The simplest of amalgamations come together for a profile bursting with flavor.  Peas, lettuce, onion...saute, simmer, puree and enjoy!

I made a few alterations, choosing to use whey for the soup stock, Coconut Oil instead of butter, bok choy replaced the lettuce and the addition of Herbs de Provence to enhance it's lovely flavor.  As a foil to the brilliant green I served sweet potato fries on the side.

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 Find more adaptions of Dorie Greenspan's recipe at French Fridays.  

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  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground Herbs de Provence
  • 6 heads of Bok Choy, chopped
  • 1 lb frozen peas
  • 6 cups whey or chicken stock
In a soup pot, sauté onions in coconut oil.  When they become translucent at the salt, pepper and herbs de Provence.  Stir in bok choy, whey and peas.  Simmer for 20 minutes and then remove from the heat.  Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until almost smooth.
Serve warm or cold, with a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream.


Adapted from Dorie Greenspans Around My French Table.


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Photo Credit: Julie T Cecchini



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I like the addition of the Herbs de Provence. That would add something that was missing, another layer of flavor to enjoy. This was a nice soup, but it felt a little lackluster to me. You turned it into something truly wonderful!

Trevor Sis. Boom

Amalgamizing it with Herbs de Provence was a great idea! Adding bacon always does the trick for me!


Whey is an interesting choice in the soup - I reserve mine for baking but would never have thought to try it as a stock substitute. Very creative

Tricia S.

I stuck the recipe like a magnet so it was fun to see your creative results. Of course I was also distracted by those yummy sweet potato fries- I adore those and they would have been a nice side.This soup was a surprise hit in my home. My expectations were low since I am not a fan of peas. I will go for a thicker version next time and my guys definitely want a "next time". Dorie inspired me to play around with more soups as this was truly easy and tough for me to rationalize not having time to try. Apologize for the late comment- I had too much fun running around seeing the Barefoot Contessa and cooking and ended up with a miserable cold (but it was worth it).


Herbs de Provence - nice touch! I added thyme and garlic to mine, as I was afraid it would be a little lacking otherwise. I also like your use of bok choy.

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