We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide examples for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves.~
This recipe for Spring Pea Soup with Fennel and Tarragon is made with a combination of split peas and fresh peas (or use frozen!). It’s full of flavor while remaining low in fat and calories, and the fiber from the split peas makes it filling and satisfying. Fennel bulb adds another layer of flavor, a bit of complexity that split peas often need, and while I do prefer chicken broth here, veggie broth can be substituted for a vegan version. For those who crave a little extra richness, a couple teaspoons of creme fraiche (or sour cream) can go a long way. The finishing touch is a drizzle of truffle oil. This of course is optional, but worth the splurge.
Do you know that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses? And these beautiful pulses, grow right here in our back yard — in the Palouse! For more info on where to purchase Palouse-grown split peas visit PNW Co-op’s site.
This soup has been “brightened-up” with a puree of fresh (or frozen) peas and tarragon, added to the split pea soup, which gives the soup a bit of much-needed color as well as a silkier texture. If you like a smooth soup, use an immersion blender to blend it up.
For a fancier presentation, garnish with tarragon leaves, micro greens, truffle oil and a drizzle of creme fraiche.
Tarragon Split Pea Soup with Fennel
Delicious Spring Pea Soup with fennel and tarragon- vegan, light and healthy- made with split peas and fresh ( or frozen) peas.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 75 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Yield: 6
- Category: Soup
- Cuisine: Vegetarian
- 1 medium onion diced (white or yellow)
- 1 cup celery diced (2 stalks)
- 1 small fennel bulb, cored and finely diced (1 cup)
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 4 cups chicken broth or stock
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup split peas
- 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons fresh tarragon
- garnish with fresh tarragon leaves, creme fraiche, and a drizzle of truffle oil (optional)
- In a heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven, saute the onion, celery and fennel in the oil over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until tender. Add broth and water, split peas and salt. Bring to a boil.
- Cover, simmer on medium low heat 1 hour and 15 minutes, checking and giving a stir after 1 hour.
- In a blender, add 1 cup water, 2 cups frozen peas and the fresh tarragon, and blend until smooth. This will give the soup a bright green color.
- At this point you could also blend the rest of the soup for a smooth consistency, or simply add the blended frozen pea/tarragon mixture directly into the soup pot. Taste, adjust salt.
- Gently warm it up before serving taking care not to over boil or you will loose the lovely green color.
- Garnish with fresh tarragon, and a drizzle of truffle oil (optional).