May 27, 2011

Leek, broccoli and pea soup



I can't tell you how much joy my little green patch has brought to me this week. Every morning, the first thing, I've walk to the window and peak through the curtains to see how my herbs and plants are doing. They've survived a tough week of strong autumn winds and rain, with a little sunshine in between and I feel so proud and happy for this. 

I've celebrated my new kitchen garden with the best way possible - every day, whilst cooking, I've walked to the balcony to pick fresh herbs for my salads and soups and the herbs will hopefully thank me for this as they do enjoy their daily water and picking. I do realise, however, that herbs don't generally have a long life span so I'm prepared to replace in a few weeks time. I am also already planning what seeds to sow in a couple of month's time when we will be enjoying longer days and more sunshine again.


Today I also received other great news! We had our oven replaced into a brand new, fan forced ILVE gas oven and after two weeks of not being able to bake anything, I am really looking forward to giving the new oven a go.  Today, however, it was this soup that I was craving and my bright red French casserole full of good-doing soup was as welcoming as my little green patch outside.


Leek, broccoli and pea soup
(serves 4-6)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 big leeks, rinsed and sliced
1 green garlic, sliced
1 medium sized broccoli, florets and stalk, chopped
400g frozen peas
1 litre organic vegetable stock*
small handful of mixed fresh herbs (oregano, parsley, marjoram) 
freshly ground black pepper
(pinch of salt)
100 g soft ricotta, for serving
2 tablespoons lemon juice, for serving

*Use more stock if you want the soup to be thinner.

1.Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the leeks and the garlic and cook for a few minutes.

2. Add the broccoli, peas and the vegetable stock. Bring to boil and let simmer until all vegetables are soft (20 minutes). Add the fresh herbs and season the soup with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Purée the soup in a blender and serve with soft ricotta flavoured with some lemon juice.


47 comments:

  1. Beatiful post!! Love your new kitchen garden.. hope I can make one here soon. And love the last picture!! I'm going to try the recipe.

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  2. I really enjoy my herb garden as well, it's a nice feeling to pick fresh herbs for your meals. Lovely soup, very green, just what I've been in the mood for lately.

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  3. Lovely soup! Your garden is so awesome... I'd love to have something like that one day.

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  4. A splendid soup! So full of flavors.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. What a wonderful garden you have and you are certainly making the most of it with fabulous recipes such as this!

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  6. That looks wonderful dahling.. is all of this from your balcony garden?

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  7. wow just perfect fpor todays weather..

    i just bought celeric.. hopefully make some soup too!

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  8. Oh funny. For company this weekend, I made leek/broccoli/orange cauliflower soup! A bit similar. Yeah! for your new oven, that is super news. It seems like mine was on most of the day yesterday.

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  9. fresh, flavorful and simply beautiful. that soup looks divine!

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  10. yay for the new oven!! :D And your kitchen garden sounds awesome!! I tried growing herbs last year....it failed miserably :( haha....If only I lived next door to you.... The soup sounds great too! I haven't had soup like this for a long time :)

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  11. First you made me envious about your balcony garden and now, you've made me feel envious again...growing your own herb out in the balcony!

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  12. Broccoli is just about my favorite vegetable, so this soup looks perfect for me. Have fun trying out your new oven!

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  13. Lovely color and a very healthy soup. There is nothing like picking home grown stuff and cooking. Enjoy your herb garden.

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  14. I love both broccoli and pea soup and now I have got to try mixing them up - lovely, Maria! And what a nice idea to serve the soup with ricotta.

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  15. I'm so excited for your new oven!

    This soup looks delicious. The buttery flavor of leeks paired with earthy broccoli and sweet peas...what could be better?

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  16. I love leek and broccoli and peas. I can't wait to hang out on your balcony with you so you can make me this soup (and others!) :)

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  17. Nothing like a vibrant green soup for spring. The purple-bulbed young garlic has just started showing up in the farm markets here, how I love the stuff :)

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  18. Your kitchen garden is stunning...it's an amazing feeling to be able to walk to your own garden and pick food the that will be on your table!

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  19. mmmmmmmm! It's definitely soup weather now! I love how vibrant and delicious this soup looks! So tempting!

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  20. Beautiful soup! What a colour!! I wish i could also grow some herbs... I should seriously consider getting some tiny pots on the window sill! Just the thought of picking fresh herbs for my salads makes me happy :)

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  21. The color looks so appetizing! How nice is it to eat food you grow yourself ~ beautiful kitchen garden you have!
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  22. I have tried eating broccoli soup once made by my MIL. I thought I wouldn't like it but I did! Your broccoli soup looks very inviting and what gorgeous green colour...!

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  23. I like your balcony garden, you are lucky to grow vegetables. I can grow fruit in my yard, but have trouble with veggies. Fresh herbs are so nice to grow in pots, and you can bring them inside if needed.

    The soup looks like a keeper. I had to bookmark it.

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  24. It is a wonderful feeling to use produce from your own gardening. There is something very satisfying about it indeed. A lovely soup for the cooler months ahead.

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  25. Looks like you are enjoying your new balcony to take pictures too. :-) What a GREEN soup! 3 kinds in one. It looks like you get all the nutrients. I never put soft ricotta cheese in soup, and I thought it looks ice cream (sorry) but I love this idea!! Must be really creamy... It's cold in SF today and being a little sick, I love to have THIS soup any time!

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  26. beautifully done delicious looking soup isn't it wonderful to use things that we plant it makes it more special
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  27. I've never been a fan of pea soup on its own but adding broccoli and leeks might be just what I need to get me past that, will give it a go! : D

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  28. Nothing better than fresh herbs and gorgeous photos! Even during times my yard is a total disaster there will always be a special little spot for herbs somewhere - just can't do without them. Have a great weekend :-)

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  29. This is a lovely soup. I love the flavor provided by the herbs, but I especially like that the soup has retained some texture. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  30. The soup looks so nourishing and green, perfect for this cooler weather. So glad to hear your herb garden is going well, you've inspired me to try something similar on our little balcony. There's nothing better than fresh picked herbs. Have a lovely weekend Maria!

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  31. Oh..I love your greens in the kitchen garden! The soup has a lovely texture and creamy consistency, beautiful color. Congrats for your oven, Maria :)

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  32. I bet this would be fabulous as a chilled soup, too. Yum!

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  33. Lovely soup..healthy and flavorful.I love picking herbs from own herb pots too..only if they survive in the arid weather here :)

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  34. Gorgeous soup Maria! I love the combination of leek, broccoli and peas, so healthy and delicious.

    Congratulations on your new oven!

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  35. Gorgeous ingredients. Gorgeous photos.
    This looks delicious!

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  36. That soup looks delicious... and it's made with my favorite veggies, so I know I would love a cup (or two) id it!

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  37. Congrats on your new oven and balcony! I sure could do with a balcony makeover, AND a new oven :|
    Your soup looks incredible, and I'm intrigued by the inclusion of leek.

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  38. Maria, love the garden right off your steps and the herbs you can pick from and cook with. Soup looks wonderful and I can't wait to see what baked goods you come up with in the new oven!

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  39. what a beautiful soup and gorgeous colour :) must be awesome waking up to these babies in the garden too!

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  40. Ooo I just picked up leeks at the market this morning. I have a few heads of broccoli as well as peas that need to be eaten. I know what I'll be making :)

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  41. Ive always had such terrible luck with plants and herbs- but you are inspiring me, with your balcony makeover and endless use of your bounty- I may have to give it another go!

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  42. You are making me crave a soup! These bright colors are so appealing!

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  43. so popular maria! :) love the colors and the freshness! xx

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