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                            CHILLED PEA POD SOUP
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       lb           Fresh pea pods
      1/2   c            Unsalted butter
    8                    Green onions -- thinly sliced
    2       qt           Chicken broth
    2       tb           Fresh tarragon -- minced
   16                    Romaine lettuce leaves
      1/2   c            Creme fraiche
                         Salt & freshly ground pepper
    1       pn           Sugar, optional
                         Fresh lemon juice
                         Creme fraiche
                         Fresh sprigs tarragon
                         Steamed fresh green peas
   Snap ends and remove strings from pea pods. Melt
   butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Saute
   pods and onions until onions are tender, about 5
   minutes. Add broth and minced tarragon and bring to
   boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Mix in
   romaine and simmer 5 minutes. Puree soup as finely as
   possible in batches in processor using on/off turns,
   about 5 minutes. Strain through fine sieve into bowl.
   Stir in 1/2 cup creme fraiche. Season with salt,
   pepper and sugar or lemon juice if desired. Cool to
   room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until well
   chilled, at least 4 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day
   ahead.) Just before serving, ladle soup into
   individual bowls. Top with dollop of creme fraiche and
   fresh tarragon sprig. Garnish with fresh peas if
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