Spinach, Pea, Mint Soup

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Autumn is in the air, it's back to school, and everyone's schedule is getting hectic.  Mine is no exception; this week I have a test to take, 2 photo shoots, bookkeeping to catch up on, I'm in the midst of learning a new computer program and I have a wedding to attend.  All the while I am feeling a bit run down and trying to not get sick because I really just don't have time!
To help nourish myself I made this tasty spinach, pea, mint soup that I plan to eat throughout my busy week. The inspiration for this soup comes from one of my favorite cafes here in NYC called Once Upon a Tart.  They have a smattering of salads, sandwiches, and many baked goods but I always find myself dropping in for their eclectic soups.

This spinach, pea, mint soup is delicious, healthy and the vibrant, green color I blow you away.  The best thing about this soup is that it takes no time to make and you can use either fresh or frozen spinach and peas.   You might think mint is a strange herb for a soup but I promise it melds harmoniously with these vegetables.
Ingredients for Spinach, Pea, Mint Soup
Spinach, Pea, Mint Soup                                        makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh spinach or 1-10oz package frozen spinach
2 cups fresh peas or 1 - 10oz package frozen green peas
2 medium yellow onions chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
3 cups vegetable broth
3 Tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
1/2 cup fresh mint
1/2  cup raw cashews to make cashew cream* or 1/2 cup light cream
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Defrost spinach and peas if not using fresh
2. Add butter to a large pot at medium heat, then add onion and garlic.
3. Cook onions and garlic until translucent then add your spinach, peas & broth.
4.  Cook for about 20 minutes until everything is heated through
5. At the last minute add the cashew cream or dairy cream and mint leaves
6. Remove from heat and let it stand for about 5 - 10 minutes
7.  Ladle soup mixture into a blender (this will take a few rounds)
8. Blend the soup until it is nice and smooth (Be sure to let the blender top breath as you don this so the hot soup will not explode and cover you & your kitchen!)
9.  Empty the blended soup into a fresh pot and continue to blend until you have no more soup left
10.  Now you are ready to or you can let it cool and freeze for a later date.
Happy cooking!

*Note: To make cashew cream soak 1/2 cup of  raw cashews for 2 - 4 hours, rinse well, then blend with about a 1/2 cup of water until smooth.

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