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Recipe of the Day: Elixir of Fresh Peas, from Local Flavors by Deborah Madison
1 bunch scallions or 2 small leeks, including 2 inches of the greens, thinly sliced
5 large parsley stems, with leaves
Salt and white pepper
1 1/2 pounds English pod peas, bright green and moist looking
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh onions or young leeks
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Truffle oil, a few drops per bowl (Note: Sauteed shiitake or other forest mushrooms make a nice garnish, particularly if you don't have truffle oil on hand).
1. Bring 1 quart water to a boil. As it's heating, add the scallions, parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add about 3 cups of pea pods as you shell them. Once the water comes to a boil, lower the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, then strain.
2. Melt the butter in a soup pot and add the sliced onion. Cook over medium heat for about a minute, then add 1/2 cup of the stock so that the onions stew without browning. After 4 to 5 minutes, add the peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the sugar. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of the stock, bring to a boil, and simmer for 3 minutes.
3. Transfer the soup to a blender. Drape a towel over the lid, and give a few short pulses to make sure it won't splatter. Then puree at high speed for 1 minute. Pour into small soup bowls and serve immediately, adding a few drops of truffle oil to each bowl.
(Can also be made ahead and served chilled, garnished with a dollop of cream fraiche.)