Chilled Pesto-Pea Soup

Chilled Pesto-Pea SoupRecipe
Photo: Ryan Benyi
Serves 8

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2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 leeks, white parts only, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
1 cup peeled and diced Yukon gold potatoes (about 6 oz. total)
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 pound frozen green peas, thawed (about 3 cups)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup pesto


Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes
Chill: 2 Hours
Total: 2 Hours, 50 Minutes

1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add potatoes and broth. Increase heat slightly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in peas; add 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Return to a simmer and cook until peas and potatoes are very soft, about 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. Working in batches, carefully purée soup in a blender until very smooth. Strain through a coarse sieve, pressing hard on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours. (Soup can be prepared to this point up to 1 day ahead. Keep covered and chilled.)

3. Whisk sour cream and pesto into chilled soup. (If soup is too thick, add milk or water a tablespoonful at a time to thin.) Season with salt and pepper.

Created date

February 2012

Nutritional Information

Calories 198
Fat 10 g
Satfat 5 g
Protein 9 g
Carbohydrate 19 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Sodium 362 mg