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Pea & Spinach Soup with Coconut Milk


Serves six.

Yields 5-1/2 cups.

Peas are just as good with curry spices and coconut milk as they are with fresh herbs. I especially like to make this soup, which includes spinach, when it’s hard to gather enough peas for a pure pea soup. The pea flavor still comes through nicely.

  • 2 large leeks (white parts plus the pale green), quartered and sliced to yield 2 cups (or 2 cups chopped scallions or 2 cups thinly sliced white onion)
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. white basmati rice
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh cilantro; more for garnish
  • 4 cups Vegetable Stock or homemade or low-salt chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 to 2 lb. peas, shucked (to yield 1-1/2 to 2 cups)
  • 4 cups lightly packed coarsely chopped spinach leaves, any thick stems removed
  • 7 oz. coconut milk (half a can, or about 1 cup)
  • Freshly ground white pepper

Soak the leeks in a bowl of cold water to remove any grit. Meanwhile, in a soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the rice. Scoop the leeks from the water, shaking off excess, and add them to the pot along with the curry powder, salt, cilantro, and 1 cup of the stock or broth. Cook over medium-low heat at a vigorous simmer for about 12 min, so the rice is almost done. Add the remaining 3 cups stock or broth, the peas, and the spinach and bring to a boil. Boil for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the coconut milk.

In a blender or a food processor, purée the soup in batches until smooth (vent the lid and hold a folded dishtowel over the lid). Taste for salt, season with white pepper, and serve, garnished with fresh cilantro leaves. (If you prefer a soup with more texture, purée 1 cup and return it to the pot, season, garnish, and serve.)

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 170, Fat (kcal): 10, Fat Calories (g): 90, Saturated Fat (g): 8, Protein (g): 4, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1, Carbohydrates (mg): 16, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 840, Cholesterol (g): 5, Fiber (g): 3,

Photo: Scott Phillips

We doubled the recipe and served it as a first course for our Mother's Day party - enough for 16 pers. I'd never made it before, but your recipes typically work out on the first try and this was fantastic! All our guests raved! Yippp-pea! PS. It is very good cold as well

Very tasty and quick and easy to make. My only thought would be to cut down on the amount of curry powder, which for me, overpowered the taste of the veggies. That said, we had leftover soup cold the next day with sour cream, and that might have been even better than serving it hot!

Made as written, but for subbing sweet onion for leeks. Husband and I both loved this. Flavors were wonderful. Will make again, soon.

I absolutely loved this soup. I will be making it whenever I can find fresh peas at the market. I used garam masala curry powder. I also used homemade chicken broth. It was rich, aromatic and a beautiful luscious green.

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