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                               Quick Pea Soup
 
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 Serving Size  : 5    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Vegetables
                 Vegetarian
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      tablespoon    Margarine
                         Cloves Garlic -- minced
    2      cup           Vegetable stock
    1      dash          White Pepper
    1      dash          Nutmeg
                         Stalks Celery -- finely chopped
                         Med Onion -- chopped (1/2 cup)
   16      ounce         Bag frzn Peas -- thawed (3 cups
      1/2  cup           Low-fat Milk
 
 GARNISH: Herbed garlic Croutons, 1/4 c chopped fresh parsley and 2 T lemon peel,
or grated Parmesan cheese, optional.
 
   In a Dutch oven or 4-5 qt saucepan, melt margarine. Add celery, garlic, and
 onion. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
 Add vegetable stock, peas, and white pepper. Over med heat, cover and simmer 5
minutes.
 Transfer mixture to bowl of food processor. Cool slightly. Puree.
 Return mixture to pan; add milk and nutmeg. Heat through, about 5 minutes,
stirring constantly. Top each serving with garnish if desired.
 
   VARIATION: stir in 1 carrot, steamed and sliced, additional whole peas, or
 sauteeed and sliced mushrooms.
 
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