This past weekend our workout was a couple of snowball fights with the neighborhood kids. My husband and I were up against a bunch of beautiful rascals who thought they were safe, trying to hide behind their treehouse. I laughed so hard and felt totally like a kid again. Despite the running, ducking, sliding, climbing, the tips of my fingers and toes were freezing after a while. While my daughter was warming up in front of the fireplace, I made this comforting, nutritious winter soup—we were starving.
This beautiful green dish is quite easy to make, yet protein-rich and full of fiber and vitamins. Pistachios add a nutty character and creamy texture to the soup. Cilantro, although not the dominating taste in this soup, adds a refreshing touch once you bring the flavors together by blending everything. I love using vegetable broth and seasoning in this soup for extra flavoring and often use the Vegetarian Vegetable Broth and Seasoning from Seitenbacher.
Although entirely optional, a little sour cream makes it extra mild and balances out the cilantro. This soup is delicious and quite filling, perfect to warm up on cold winter days!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 or 4 shallots, chopped (about 5.5 ounces or 155 grams)
- ½ cup pistachios
- Salt and pepper
- ½ bushel cilantro (about 1 to 1 ½ cups chopped)
- 3 cups frozen peas
- 4 cups vegetable broth (32 fl ounces or 946 ml)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable Broth and Seasoning (I use Vegetable Broth and Seasoning from Seitenbacher)
- Sour Cream to garnish (optional)
- In a stockpot (minimum 5 QT), melt the butter or heat the oil over medium heat. Add in garlic, shallots, and nuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes; do not allow to brown.
- Stir in the cilantro and the peas. Immediately add the vegetable broth and water. Season to taste with salt, pepper and vegetable seasoning. Let come to a gentle simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the peas are ready. Stir occasionally.
- Turn the stove off and let the soup cool a little. With a hand mixer (or transfer into a blender), blend the ingredients until you receive the desired consistency. Reheat, if necessary, before serving.
- Serving suggestion: top off each cup or bowl of soup with one teaspoon of sour cream and stir into the soup. It deliciously softens the taste of the cilantro (optional).