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Edamame and Pea Soup with Herbed Lemon Cream

When I first read about Phoo-D’s Edamame Soup with Wasabi Cream, I knew I had to make it.  For one thing, I’ve had a bag of shelled edamame hanging out in my freezer for quite a while, but what really caught my attention was the combination of flavors she incorporated into her soup. You just can’t go wrong with garlic, ginger, and toasted sesame oil – not to mention the horseradish cream on top.  Perfect.

I had planned on following the recipe.  Really, that was my intention.  It wasn’t until I noticed that my bag of frozen edamame was of insufficient size that I knew I would have to improvise.  My first change was to use frozen peas to shore up my meager soybean supply.  Once I started thinking about peas, I remembered the fresh dill and mint in my refrigerator that, though still clinging to life, really needed to be used up sooner than later.  When I started thinking about dill and mint, of course I wanted to incorporate some lemon.  All of a sudden, the soup had changed quite a bit!

While I’ll definitely give the original soup recipe a try next time, I was absolutely thrilled with this version.  This thick and velvety soup feels so indulgent, you’ll have a hard time believing that it’s healthy.  The herb and lemon sour cream garnish worked perfectly with the simple flavors of the soup – it’s not optional.

When it comes to blending this soup, you can’t mess around.  Soybeans are tough.  I first tried puréeing the soup with an immersion blender, but the consistency wasn’t creamy enough.  Just as Phoo-D suggests, I recommend puréeing the soup in an actual blender.

Edamame and Pea Soup with Herbed Lemon Cream

1 onion, diced
1 shallot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups shelled edamame (I used frozen)
1 cup green peans (frozen, not canned)
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 teaspoon sugar
salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion, shallot, and celery and cook until softened and just starting to take on a bit of color, about 10 minutes.  Stir in edamame and peas (they can still be frozen at this point) then add chicken or vegetable stock.  Turn heat up and bring mixture to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, make the lemon cream (recipe below).

After soup has simmered for 20 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Puree the soup – in batches if necessary – in a blender or food processor until completely smooth.  Return to the pot and reheat, if necessary.  Serve soup with a spoonful of herbed lemon cream on top.

Yield: 6 servings

Herbed Lemon Cream

1/2 cup sour cream or crème fraiche
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
zest and juice from 1/2 a lemon

Whisk together all ingredients; refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

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