Pea Peanut Soup

I admit it, I have never been an outdoor person. I mean, I like being outside. But only if the weather is right. It has to be sunny. And not too hot. Or too cold. Or too windy. Otherwise I’ll just hit the couch and watch the weather from our window instead.

Since we have a baby around this has changed a lot though. We’ve been out a lot. No matter what kind of weather. Because everybody tells you the baby needs fresh air. Which is probably true. And as a parent you want fresh air, too. Sometimes you just want to escape the mountains of laundry your baby produced. Or you want to take her outside because she needs to sleep and doesn’t want too. Or you do in fact just want some fresh air and move your feet.

So since you now take your kid out even when the weather conditions aren’t perfect, you might decide that you finally need some really good waterproof vegan shoes and a waterproof jacket that might even match the colours of your partner’s jacket (Okay, no. You don’t want that.) If you are like me and hate shopping that just won’t happen though. Instead you start to think about a warming soup while you getting soaking wet.

In this case I remembered that I had just bought a bag of frozen peas. I wanted a creamy soup and somehow the combination of peas, peanuts, and potatoes came to my mind. And I swear it was not because of the alliteration. When we stopped by the store they were out of potatoes. So I went with a celery root instead. You can probably still use potatoes, I don’t think that in this case there will be much of a difference in taste.

This soup is mild and creamy and even though I added 200 g (7 oz) of roasted peanuts to it, it is not too rich and still very satisfying.

Pea Peanut Soup (serves 6)

2 cups water
200 g (7oz) roasted and salted peanuts
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon minced ginger*
2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed and minced
5 cardamom pods
250 g (1 1/2 cups) celeriac, cubed
4 cups vegetable broth
400 g (3 cups) frozen green peas
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

pumpkin seed oil (or dark green olive oil) for serving

Combine water and peanuts in a blender and purée. Set aside. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large pot. Fry the onion over high heat for two minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and fry for three more minutes. Add garlic, ginger, lemongrass, cardamom, celeriac and remaining oil and fry for 5 more minutes. Add vegetable broth and peas and bring to a boil. Cook for ten minutes. Add peanut mixture and stir well. Transfer half of the soup and the nutritional yeast to your blender and purée. Pour back into your pot, mix with the unpuréed half of the soup, add lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Serve and drizzle with oil.

18 thoughts on “Pea Peanut Soup

  1. Hhm, mit der Menge der Zutaten kriege ich nicht annähernd das raus, was auf dem Bild zu sehen ist. Bei mir kommt eine dünne grüne Suppe raus ohne viel Geschmack. Scheint mir viel zu viel Flüssigkeit? 1,5L? Kremigkeit = Fehlanzeige. Außerdem fehlt in der Beschreibung die Hälfte der Zubereitung. Den Rest muss man sich dazudichten, vlt. ist mir hier ein Fehler passiert. Schade, das klang eigentlich sehr lecker.

    1. Doch das passt schon. Ich habe die Suppe schon oft gemacht. Die Suppe sieht cremig aus und schmeckt auch so. Sie sollte die Kosistenz von warmer Sahne haben. Hast Du vielleicht Zutaten vergessen? Oder es lag an der konfusen Anleitung, denn dass die Hälfte der Zubereitung fehlt, stimmt leider, danke für den Hinweis! Ich habe anscheinend bei der Übersetzung etwas vergessen, jetzt sollte das Rezept aber vollständig sein.

  2. I LOVE peanuts. Any which way. This had a great complex flavor with no one flavor really dominating. I added a few extra ounces of peanuts, and used a 60-40 mix of potato-celeriac. My only problem was that I used the VitaMix to chop things, and you can’t do that with lemongrass. I shoulda known. So we had a lot of stringy lemongrass in the soup. I might just leave it in big pieces next time and fish them out before serving. Still, we all loved it. Thanks!!

    1. Oh, no! I am sorry that happened. I also used the Vitamix, but only for puréeing. Thanks for the heads up about the lemon grass. That is good to know. Thank you for trying the recipe.

      1. I must have a huge store of recipes, because it took me two full years to make this soup, and the celeriac schnitzel, a second time! Both were amazing, no mistakes this time. Your blog is still fabulous! Hope F is doing great. I now have a baby grandson, in Haifa. Going there in April. Time marches on…

  3. Vegan galoshes & a raincoat that match sound perfect to me! Definitely a want. :) Along with this soup now–love the pea & peanut combo, would have never thought of it myself. Might try with cashews to accommodate for G’s peanut allergy. Mmm.

  4. I admit: I’m one of those annoying fresh air advocates. :) I love the soup. It’s so pretty to look at. And the flavor combination is amazing.

    Happy 2012 to you and your family!

  5. Peanuts and peas sound like an unusual yet perfect combination. I love the flavors you have here, like the lemongrass and cardamom. Sounds hearty and delicious.

  6. Now that’s an unusual combination that I’d sure love to try. I can imagine this would be incredible with cashews too, which I may just end up finding out for myself, since that’s what I have on hand. :)

  7. OK this is getting ridonkulous! All this baby talk and no baby photo!!
    I snickered to myself with the matchy matchy thing. My brother and his wife have the same pajamas!

    1. And there won’t be any in the future. Unless she starts her own blog and posts her own pictures. Ok, I broke that rule once…on facebook, of course.

      The matching clothes stuff is so common here when it comes to rain gear. Weird thing.

  8. Your post made me smile, because everything in it rang true, especially the rain gear. I even went so far as to order rain pants online, but of course now I must return them because they are much too weird to actually wear. But I’m not giving up on rain-walking, yet.

    The soup sounds so much better than plain old pea soup, and I think the celeriac and peanuts would be fantastic. I want to make the soup and eat it in front of a fire.

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