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Pea Soup with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Fresh garden peas combine with a hint of basil for a delightfully light spring soup. A unique mushroom drizzle adds extra depth to this beautiful creation. Sally Sibthorpe — Shelby Township, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3 tablespoons sherry or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 5 cups fresh or frozen peas, divided
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil

Directions

  • Set aside 3 tablespoons mushrooms for garnish. In a large skillet, saute remaining mushrooms in butter until tender.
  • Add onion to skillet; saute until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the cream, sherry, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer to a blender; process until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven, combine 4-1/2 cups peas, chicken broth and remaining salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4 minutes or until peas are tender. Stir in lemon juice and basil; heat through. Transfer to a blender; process in batches until blended.
  • Ladle soup into serving bowls; top with mushroom cream sauce. Garnish with reserved mushrooms and remaining peas.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 169 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 612mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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