I've recently discovered the combo of peas and basil. First I made a sort of pea pesto (peas plus basil, chicken stock and seasonings) tossed on pasta. Now, I've moved on to pea soup.
Being a lover of the color green, this soup was just plain pretty. And the husband, being a lover of crisp bacon thought the soup better for it.
Despite the bacon, a whole bowl full of veggies can't be too unhealthy, right? Bonus that it's super easy and quick to make!
Pea and Basil Soup, with Bacon
Three slices bacon, chopped
One half onion, diced
One clove garlic, minced
One bag frozen peas
Fresh basil (approx. 4-5 large leaves), roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Sautee bacon until crisp in the bottom of your pot. Remove once crisp. Sautee onion in some of the reserved bacon grease. Add garlic when onion starts to soften and cook until fragrant. Then add peas and chicken stock. Cook until peas are soft, then add basil and puree. (Don't cook too long, or you'll end up with dull green, icky peas!) Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Garnish with crisp bacon and a basil leaf. Makes about 3 servings.
With a piece of homemade bread, it made a yummy light lunch. Though I have to admit, I think I liked it better not thinned down so much, with pasta and cheese. Though isn't everything made a bit better with carbs and cheese? Then again, it wouldn't have been such a light lunch with those!
Do you think your veggie love boys would go for this?