If you’re a regular reader around here (which, obviously I hope you are) you know I get a special thrill every time I bust out the immersion blender. Now that it’s spring, though, that little wonder machine has been sitting in the back of the cabinet, awaiting fall, while I luxuriate in all things fresh and seasonal and NOT canned. (Side note: I know people enjoy summer time soups. I do not understand this. Let’s be real: cold soup is just…cold.)
UNTIL – I happened to spot some beautiful fresh spring peas at Trader Joe’s the other week, and then happened to notice this recipe in Cooking Light. This is a seriously delicious (and healthy!) soup..and a perfect excuse to use my trusty immersion blender once again.
Pea & Asparagus Soup with Poached Egg
- 1 or 2 pats unsalted butter
- 3 leeks, white and green parts only, thinly sliced
- 4 cups high quality chicken stock (use vegetable if you want a veggie preparation)
- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
- salt, pepper, crushed reds
- 10 oz fresh peas
- 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and chopped
- a big handful parsley, divided
- optional: olive oil, green onions
- for the eggs:
- cold water
- pinch salt
- about a tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 eggs (or however many you’re feeding)
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add sliced leeks and cook about 5 minutes, until nearly translucent. Add stock, thyme, crushed reds, a pinch of salt and pepper and bring to a low simmer. Add asparagus, cover and cook about 3 minutes, and then add fresh peas. Cook about a minute, then add parsley (you can include the stalks, which will give it an additional pop of green!).
- Blend soup until smooth with a traditional or an immersion blender. Season to taste and then return to low heat while you prep your eggs.
- Bring about an inch of salted water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat to a simmer, add vinegar, and slowly/carefully add your eggs. Cook about 3-4 minutes, or until the white of the egg firms up around the yolk.
- Ladle your soup into bowls and (carefully) add your egg. Top with parsley, additional cracked pepper, and if you like, some olive oil and/or green onions. Break that yolk open and enjoy the bounty.
Husband, who is not a fan of eggs (I married him, but do not claim to understand him), gobbled this up and went for seconds. Needless to say, we were both bummed when this only made enough for one more (lunch) meal. Make this. I promise you will not regret it.