There’s something about the flavor and texture of peas that doesn’t do it for me. But, when they’re pureed, I’ve been known to eat the equivalent of an entire bag. Whether it’s mashed peas spread on crostini and topped with Parmesan, or a chilled summer pea soup, I haven’t met a batch of pureed peas that I haven’t liked.
This soup is the simplest rendition of pureed peas, made just to highlight their flavor. If you want a more complex flavor profile, add your favorite spices or other flavorings. For me, it’s the taste of summer, and a bowl of Simple Pea Soup goes just right with a delicious Prosciutto and Cheese Sandwich or a decadent grilled cheese.
2 tbsp butter or your favorite cooking oil
1 lb fresh or frozen peas
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the peas and 1/4 cup water and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and stir to distribute evenly. Cook 1 to 2 minutes further, then transfer to a blender and puree to desired consistency, adding up to 1/4 cup more water. Season to taste, and serve.