Cream of Toasted Pecan Pea Soup
Toasted Pecans puréed with Mirepoix, Sweet Peas and Vinegar, served with Crushed Chips, Julienned Scallion, and Applewood Smoke. The smoke imparts a slight aroma to the soup that pulls the rest of the elements into its fold and brings them together.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 2 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  3. 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  4. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  5. Salt & Pepper
  6. 2 cups pecans (toasted)
  7. 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  8. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  9. 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  10. Water
  11. 2 pounds sugar snap or green peas, cooked (can substitute frozen)
  12. 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  13. Scallion, thinly sliced (garnish)
  14. Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips (garnish)
  1. In a large sautee pan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.
  2. Add onions, celery, and garlic, stirring often to avoid burning. (You can add a
  3. splash of water to deglaze the pan if it begins to get too brown.)
  4. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until you get a nice golden brown.
  5. Season the onions/celery/garlic with salt and pepper then add the toasted pecans, light
  6. brown sugar, red pepper flakes, chili powder and 3 cups of water and bring
  7. pan to a simmer.
  8. Cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until vegetables are very soft.
  9. Using a measuring cup, scoop out 1/3 of the mixture and add to a blender along with 1/3 of the sugar snap peas.
  10. Blend until you get a very smooth texture, adding liquid from the pan as needed to thin mixture out.
  11. Press pureed mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium sized saucepan, discarding solids as you go.
  12. Repeat process for other 2/3 of mixture. (You may need to add extra water as you push through sieve, to get maximum yield.)
  13. Stir vinegar into soup, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Serve soup garnished with scallion and potato chips.
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