Monday, April 26, 2010

Green Meadow Soup

This soup has become a rite of spring.  It's one that I've shared before.  Here it is again for those who might have missed it the first go around.

I have a passion for cookbooks! Sometimes I select one and cook from it for a week. Sometimes I just browse through and make up menus weeks in advance. Some I have never made a recipe from but can't let them go. A favorite blog of mine has recently posted some wonderful recipes from stained and tattered recipe cards. Recipes from family and friends--reminders of meals with them. Those postings reminded me of my most often visited source for menu planning, party planning and memory invoking recipes--my food file.

This recipe came from our very first gourmet group dinner when we lived in Lubbock, TX. Lubbock, on the high plaines in the panhandle of Texas was populated with wonderful people but not fine dining--except, of course, for barbecue. This was many years ago and I'm sure that has changed. At that time and in that place, we were one of four couples who enjoyed food and were determined to have it. Andrew and I were in charge of the appetizer and the soup. You can see that the soup recipe has been in the kitchen many times. I can't remember which magazine it came from. It's either Gourmet, Bon Apetit or Food and Wine (Maybe Sunset). If anyone recognizes the format, please let me know.

The many shades of green show off in the soup as they do in nature in springtime.

And it provides the perfect lunch after cleaning up winter's detritus from the garden.

Potage Vert Pre

6 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup minced green onions with tops
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 head Boston lettuce, shredded
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whipping cream (I've used half and half)
3 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 cup cooked fresh or frozen peas

1. Saute onions in butter in large pot until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Add 3 cups peas, the lettuce, spinach, sugar and salt. Stir in 6 cups stock. Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer covered 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree vegetable mixture 2 cups at a time in blender or food processor until smooth.*

2. Beat cream, egg yolks and pepper in small bowl until smooth. Combine with pureed mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until soup is hot. Do not boil. Stir in 1 cup of peas.

NOTE: Soup may be prepared in advance up to this point*. Refrigerate. Heat to simmering before completing recipe.



  1. This seems like a strange recipe, yet it looks wonderful! I,too, love cookbooks! I have to keep cleaning out my collection. I love looking at them in the bookstore as well. The pictures are very good. How I'd love to reach in and take a big slurp!!

  2. It's my understanding that the voting isn't limited to Kansans!

    Appreciate your vote!

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  4. Hi There Bonnie, I'm trying to catch up on blog posts.... Don't know if I'll ever get finished!!!! ha

    That soup sounds delicious--especially to me tonight since I have some kind of a tummy virus. Yuk... I didn't have 'your' soup--but I did have some chicken soup.. Tasted good.

    Good Luck with the construction in your area. It will be nice once it's all completed.

    I love asparagus--but don't have it often. AND--we don't have a Whole Foods around here --so I'll just dream about yours....


  5. This sounds like the most scrumptious pea soup EVER! Thank you for stopping by my blog and actually leaving a note. It's wonderful to have connected to someone with very similar family circumstances. I love Beirut and am so happy to have family still living there. We just wish we could afford to retire there!

    Looking forward to keeping up with your future posts. Have a great week.

  6. Hi Bonnie, thanks for visiting with me last week! I LOVE your blog. This recipe looks quite tasty and your miso soup looks just as enticing.

    We are having some beautiful sunny weather but it's still chilly at night and a nice bowl of hot soup should take care of that.

    Have a great day, Bonnie

  7. Looks fresh and tasty!! The recipe looks like Gourmet. It has such a familiar look, as far as the font. I was a devoted Gourmet reader since I was in college. I was so sad that they folded.
    I have bad addiction that includes having many, many cookbooks. The one that is on my wish list is the "Tartine" baking cookbook. Also another Jamie Oliver cookbook. It is the one of him hold ing a knife.
    I'm desperately running out of room though :(

  8. Hmmm....never heard of that - but it looks delish!

  9. What a great celebration of spring!I will be making this soup soon!

  10. What a fresh looking spring soup!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm west of Indianapolis about 40 miles. You?

  11. Good Morning Bonnie!!

    I just read your sweet comment that you left me and I'm glad you came to visit with me. Come by often if you'd like...there's nothing better than having new friends like you.

    Your soup today looks so very yummy. As I love all kinds of soups.

    Enjoy your day, and I'll go back and become a follower of you too when I finish posting this comment.

  12. We have been in a gourmet cooking group for almost 20 years now and it's a wonderful excuse to try new recipes. When you keep making it long after, it must be a good recipe! This soup looks and sounds light and wonderful for spring.

  13. I'm with you, I love the recipes from old cookbooks and old cooks too. This soup shouts out springtime. It won't be long before fresh peas show up at the farmers market.

  14. This soup is also a gorgeous colour for Spring.

  15. I love spring soups like that!! Definitely going to put this in the rotation - I can eat soup all year long, no problem!

    I, too, live "near" Chicago - actually not that near - my town is 55 miles NW of Chicago, what my sister who lives in Oak Park calls the "sticks!"

    I am adding you to my blogroll if you don't mind!

  16. This looks so light and lovely. Better still, it's perfect for the dog days of summer. Fresh pea soup was often on the menu in Southeast Asia. Delicious then and now! I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  17. Hi Bonnie,

    The soup sounds and looks delicious, a perfect springtime meal.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the lovely comments. You were asking about camera. I have a Fujifilm S2000HD which is a step below a DSLR. It will let me shot in either automatic or manual modes but it doesn't have some of the bells and whistles the DSLR's have. I also have an old style film SLR that I have had for years and still use occasionally. If I were buying a DSLR right now I would probably go with a Nikon or Pentax.

  18. I just made carrot ginger soup on Sunday. This would be a great addition to my list of soups recipes.

  19. I love soups and your "Green Meadow Soup" looks delicious!

  20. Oh, Bonnie, this soup looks so delicious and healthful. I could eat it before the puree (that photo is just yum).
    Glad to find you, though I don't know how I just did (smile)...

  21. It looked like a beautiful garden before pureeing it. I love the sound of this one and I hope to make it.

    Thanks for your great comments on my blog.

  22. What a beautiful pot of greens on your stove! I would never think to put lettuce in a soup, but I suppose it's the same as putting spinach in. Thanks for visiting my blog! I lived in El Centro, CA which is about 120 miles from San Diego for 40+ years before moving to Montana two years ago. My daughter worked in La Jolla. Not a prettier place on earth than there!

  23. This looks like a terrific healthy and delicious soup! I like that picture of all of the ingredients prior to cooking.

  24. I have been to Lubbock and can see how you would have felt quite the odd duck making gourmet meals such as this one! Lovely though it is.

  25. What a delicious soup. I love the presentation in the colorful tea cup. I, too, love cookbooks.


  26. Just found your blog....I love it.

  27. Hi Bonnie, It's so nice to "meet" you through our blogs. Yes, I loved the Mitford books, too, and I'm looking forward to reading your posts about the town. You have a wonderful blog! I'm off to look around some more!

  28. Yum. That looks so delicious -- and virtuous (except, maybe, for the cream?!).

  29. Honestly, I would have a hard time cooking that soup... it just looks perfect in the before picture... like a flower arrangement. I bet the flavor was fantastic and I so loved the way the book looks... all my favorite recipes have that lived in quality too!

  30. Doesn't this soup just scream SPRING! It sounds so fresh and tasty.

    I am a cookbook collector too! I read them like novels. I love to look on-line but there is something about holding one in your hands.

    What are your 3 favorite cookbooks?

  31. Hi Bonnie...

    Oooh...your Potage Vert Pre looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    Well my friend, I really must apologize at being so late to come by for a visit...but it's just been crazy busy at my place! I wanted to stop in to say thank you for coming by my Sunday Favorites "One Year" birthday celebration! I really enjoyed your sweet notes and well wishes! I also wanted to thank you for adding Happy To Design to your list of blog follows! It's so very nice to meet you, Bonnie!!!

    Have a fabulous day and best wishes with the gift card giveaway!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  32. Thanks for stopping by HFTS and leaving me such a nice comment. I appreciate it, and now I've found you. The recipe looks like my kind of meal. A simple soup is the perfect lunch or dinner for me. I'm going to make this one. It will be most appropriate as I've been spending most mornings out in the garden landscape tidying up after the" winter's detritus".
    I've added myself as a new follower and look forward to more visits.

  33. Your soup sounds wonderful. I have clipped out things from magazines for years too. I'm not sure of the format of your recipe. Might be Bon Appetit.

    I have a zillion cookbooks too and enjoy reading them. Trouble is I continue to buy more. I could start a library.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my kitchen and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.

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  35. This recipe is from CUISINE The Magazine of Fine Food and Creative Living, November 1979. I have this magazine and there is a nice picture of the soup too.


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