11 chilled soups for summer

Chilled soups are a perfect way to use up the garden's summer bounty and beat the heat with a simple meal. From garlic vichyssoise to chilled peach, sweet pepper and heirloom tomato, tastes ranging from sweet to savory can be found in these summer-ready recipes.

By , Staff Writer

1. Chilled pea soup

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    A soup that delivers the freshness of spring peas.
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By Perre Coleman Magness / The Runaway Spoon

Serves 6 small bowls, 4 larger ones

If you don’t have your own pea plant, many farmers market vendors sell the pea tendrils, which are also good sautéed with a little olive oil and garlic. Ask the farmers for pea pods as well.

For the stock:
2 ounces pea pods
2 ounces pea tendrils (more if you have them)
8 cups water

For the soup:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot
12 ounces fresh shelled English peas (or thawed frozen)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt to taste

Crème fraiche to garnish
Pea tendrils to garnish

For the stock:

Wash the pea pods and the pea tendrils and shake to dry. Place them in a large saucepan and cover with the water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and leave the stock to simmer for 1 hour. Strain out the pea pods and tendrils and leave the stock to cool. You can make the stock one day ahead if you are using frozen peas. If you are using freshly podded peas, finish the soup on the same day. You should have about 5 cups of stock.

For the soup:

1. Pour the olive oil into a large saucepan. Finely chop the shallot and add it to the pan. Sauté the shallots over medium heat until they are soft and translucent. Do not let them brown. Add the peas and stir quickly, then pour over 5 cups of pea stock. If you have another handful of pea tendrils, add them as well. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cover the pot. Simmer the soup for 20 minutes, or until the peas are completely tender. If you have added pea tendrils, fish them out now. A few stray leaves left in the pot are fine.

2. Puree the soup using a hand blender, or very carefully in batches in the blender. For a velvety and refined soup, pass the soup through a sieve, scraping and pushing to extract as much liquid as possible, leaving behind the forlorn pea skins. Leave the soup to cool, then refrigerate until chilled. When ready to served, whisk in the heavy cream and salt to taste. Return to the fridge to chill if needed.

3. Whisk the soup well, and serve with a dollop of crème fraiche, garnished with a lovely curling pea tendril.

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