*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                               QUICK PEA SOUP
 
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 Serving Size  : 5    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Vegetables
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2       tb           Margarine
    2       x            Stalks Celery,finely chopped
    2       x            Cloves Garlic, minced
    1       x            Med Onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
    2       c            Vegetable stock
   16       oz           Bag frzn Peas,thawed (3 cups
    1       d            White Pepper
      1/2   c            Low-fat Milk
    1       d            Nutmeg
 
   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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