April 26, 2011

Cooking From the Pantry: Lazy Pea Soup

In the Venn diagram that is my life, Lazy Pea Soup falls somewhere in here:

Yeah. Edible is good. So is the "I just got home from work with two hungry kids and the chicken I meant to make is frozen solid but look, I have some peas!" aspect.

What, that doesn't happen to you? A million points to you, then.

If, on the other hand, you're a normal person, then here's some after work, in a hurry help:

Lazy Pea Soup

1 bag of frozen peas
Enough chicken/vegetable stock to cover the peas
An element.

Put the peas in the chicken stock on the element (preferably in a pot of some kind). Bring to a boil and simmer on medium for ten minutes or so. Use that immersion blender (that you have and never use), or the regular blender (that you have and never use) to blend it all up into something approximating a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can use any kind of frozen vegetable,if you're out of peas. We've done carrot and cauliflower versions that were good with, respectively, some curry powder and some shredded cheddar cheese.

Serve with something from the fridge that you're saving from waste, like the last few scoops of sour cream, the last two slices of bacon, or some croutons you made from that stale bread heel no one wants to eat. Sounds super-appealing, doesn't it?

But it is. Make it, taste it, and tell me it isn't.

Especially since you can make it in about the same amount of time as it took you to read the recipe.