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Chilled Pesto-Pea Soup

Photo: Ryan Benyi
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Chill time 2 hrs
Total time 2 hrs, 50 mins
Yield Serves 8


  • 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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 198
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • protein 9 g
  • carbohydrate 19 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 20 mg
  • sodium 362 mg

How to Make It

  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.