Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Sweet Pea Soup with Lemon-Pepper “Cream”

27 01 2009

(serves 4-6)

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large ripe (still firm) pear, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups gluten/casein-free vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon fresh or ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 cups fresh shelled peas or 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, preferably organic
1 cup chopped fresh watercress, arugula, Swiss chard or sorrel
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

  1. In a 4-quart pot, heat oil. Add potato pieces, pear pieces and chopped onion. Cook covered over low heat, stirring often until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add broth and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add peas and watercress. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Add salt, pepper and lemon zest.
  4. Puree soup in food processor or blender. Serve soup hot or cold, topped with Lemon-Pepper Cream.

Lemon-Pepper Cream
½ cup gluten/casein-free sour cream substitute or plain soy yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Whisk together all ingredients. Drop a dollop for garnish onto each serving of Sweet Pea Soup.