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Pea and Basil Soup

While away on a business trip I was watching the Cooking Channel (which is a luxury since I don’t have the channel at home), and saw Giada make this amazing pea and basil soup. I knew that I needed to put this on my list of things to cook. This was super easy to make and although it is a warm soup it’s light and creamy and works for the dog days of summer. After cooking this you could easily serve this as a chilled soup if desired. 

On a side note, the recipes says to float the slice of mozzarella… not so much. It will sink to the bottom. I had to make the optical illusion just as the photo on the Food Network page did. I had to put 6 thick slices of mozzarella cheese in the bowl of soup in order for you to see the mozzarella! 

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Source: Giada De Laurentiis
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 4 1/2 cups) frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable stock), divided
  • 2 cups cream
  • 4 to 6 very thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced roasted red bell peppers (jarred is fine)
1. Place a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, butter, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and basil, and heat until the peas are thawed.
2. Place the pea mixture in a blender. Add 1 cup of the chicken broth and pulse until pureed, adding more broth, if necessary, to puree. Return the pureed mixture to the pot. Stir in the remaining chicken broth and cream. Return the pan to medium heat and cook until hot, but not boiling.
3. To serve, place the soup in bowls. Float a thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese on top of each soup and sprinkle with the diced roasted red bell peppers. Serve immediately.


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6 Responses to “Pea and Basil Soup”

  1. Danielle posted on July 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm (#)

    Great pics – this looks delicious!

  2. Jessica posted on July 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm (#)

    This looks fantastic! Haha that is too funny. The only type of mozzarella I can imagine floating would be a tiny shred of cheese!

  3. Katrina @ Katrina Runs for Food posted on July 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm (#)

    I have never tried a soup like this, but it sounds delicious!
    I love your pictures and the way you use the light. 🙂

  4. Aziraphale posted on August 24, 2011 at 10:01 am (#)

    So, I got my wisdom teeth out yesterday and have been switched to a liquid diet for a few days.

    I just finished making this and I have to say that I am stunned and thrilled and so happy. This soup is amazing! <3


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