Most of the time, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, I always feel like soup. There’s something so comforting about holding a bowl packed with veggies and nutrients that’s pretty and hearty and warms up the soul that I can’t let it be only for winter. Plus, around here, where it’s cold, or rainy, or snowy, or overcast, what feels like 10 months out of the year, soup has a place most days. In fact, despite the fact that it’s summer now, we’ve been below 15 degrees in a dreary, overcast slump for the last week. Soup has happened more than once . . .
But in the spirit of still keeping things seasonal and somewhat summery, I decided to make it summer soup. Summer soup that highlights the early bounty of the season, while still calling on the delicious, hearty root vegetables that make a soup so filling and comforting. This isn’t a pea soup like your middle of winter, dump in the bag of split peas, heavy pea soup kind of deal. I remember growing up that my dad would make that on the woodstove in our house, and I would always be completely disgusted by his conconction. Probably partly because it had meat in it, but at the very least, I certainly would never have said I would be making pea soup when I got older.
But that’s also because this pea soup is different. It’s light and fresh, with the perfect, fresh pea flavour and a hint of lemon, but the heartiness of a soup thanks to the addition of lots of veggies and split peas. Fresh summer peas are actually one of my faves, I think because it reminds me of going out and standing in the field as a kid, and just eating heaps and heaps of them straight out of the shell. That’s what I think of when I see them at the market and decide to buy them and think about using them in a recipe. Not the fact that they actually take a long time to strip out of the shell and accumulate to any amount, especially if you are eating one each time. But it’s totally worth it. Because with all the nutrients packed into one bowl, you can take comfort in knowing the outcome is definitely going to be satisfying and healthy. Plus, it’s soup, so it’s always the answer. Enjoy!
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