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Creamy Lemon Pea Soup

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Servings: Serves 6

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Prep Time: 20 minutes


1 cup unsalted cashews
4 2/3 cups water, divided
2 teaspoon canola oil
1 each leeks, white and pale green parts, sliced thinly
2 each Clove garlic, chopped
1 cup diced cremini or regular mushrooms
3 cups Green peas, frozen or fresh
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp. dried, plus additional for optional garnish
1 teaspoon ground cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 cup Fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoon lemon zest, divided juice of 1 lemon (4 to 6 tsp.)
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
1 each thyme sprig (optional garnish)


1. Place cashews in medium bowl with 2/3 cup of the water, which should be justenough to cover them. Let soak while you prepare the rest of the soup, or for 2 hours if time allows.
2. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add leek, garlic, and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes,stirring frequently. Mix in peas, thyme,cumin, and salt; cook 1 minute more. Add remaining 4 cups water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered,for 15 minutes.
3. Stir basil, 1 Tbsp. of the zest, lemon juice, and pepper into the large saucepan. Remove from heat.
4. Transfer cashews and water to a blender or food processor and blend until verysmooth. Transfer back to the soaking bowl. Puree the soup in a blender or foodprocessor, or use an immersion blender. Return soup to the pan and stir in cashewcream. Heat over low heat until steaming. Ladle soup into 6 bowls and garnish eachwith 1/2 tsp. of the remaining zest and a sprig of thyme, if using.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, March - April 2011

Nutritional Information

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate Less Than 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Less Than 25g 30g
Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 6
Base Nutrients
Calories 210 kcal (10%)
Calories from Fat 108 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 12 g (18%)
Saturated Fat 2 g (10%)
Cholesterol 0 mg (0%)
Sodium 115 mg (4%)
Total Carbohydrates 20 g (6%)
Dietary Fiber 5 g (20%)
Protein 7 g (11%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a

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