Polka-Dot Pea Soup


Studded with tiny dollops of sour cream, our velvety fresh-pea soup gets additional flavor from sauteed leeks and chicken stock.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound (about 1 ½ cups) leeks, white and light-green parts only, washed well and thinly sliced

  • 3 ½ cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock

  • 4 cups fresh shelled peas, or 2 ten-ounce packages frozen peas, thawed

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • cup sour cream


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks; saute, stirring occasionally, until leeks are softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chicken stock, and bring mixture to a boil. Add peas, and reduce heat; simmer until peas are bright green and tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Puree using an immersion blender, or transfer mixture to the jar of a blender, working in batches if necessary so as not to fill jar more than halfway, as hot liquid will expand when blended, and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Pour soup into serving bowls. To make polka-dots, fill pastry bag with sour cream. Pipe dots onto surface of soup, and serve.

Cook's Notes

To pipe the polka-dots onto the servings, you will need a pastry bag and an Ateco #5 round tip.

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