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    Pea Soup With Crisp Prosciutto

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    40 mins

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    bluemoon downunder's Note:

    A quick to prepare, low-fat and delicious soup adapted from a recipe in the July 2008 issue of the 'Australian Table' magazine. Not as green as its recipe sibling - Minestra Di Piselli (Green Pea Soup) - this is basically a pea-ified version (if I can be allowed to coin that word) of a classic potato and leek soup, which is what drew me to the recipe. Potato and leek soups have always been a favourite of mine, one of those really safe, classic, always delicious combinations, and always SO much better if a home-made stock is used. The original version of this recipe specified 5 minutes preparation time. Such times are clearly determined on the assumption that all the ingredients are magically ready to go. My guess is that it would take me 5 minutes just to wash and chop the leeks, so I've increased the preparation time to 10 minutes. That still makes this a quick to prepare recipe. For a vegetarian version use a vegetable stock, such as my Vegetable Stock which makes productive use of all your vegetable peelings, and omit the prosciutto.

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    1. 1
      Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat and cook the leeks for 5 minutes, stirring until they have softened; add the potatoes, garlic and thyme and cook for 2 minutes; add the stock and bring to the boil over a high heat; reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes; add the peas and simmer for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
    2. 2
      Puree with a hand blender until the soup is smooth. If you like a bit of chunkiness in your soups, take out a portion of the soup before pureeing, then return it to the pot after you've finished pureeing the bulk of the soup.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, place the prosciutto on a baking tray and cook it under a hot grill for 2-3 minutes each side, until crisp.
    4. 4
      Season the soup with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, and serve it in bowls with prosciutto and crispy rolls.
    5. 5
      TIP: If you're a microwave rather than a grill user, or your grill is a bit dodgy, you may prefer to cook your prosciutto in a single layer between 2 double sheets of kitchen paper for a couple of minutes in the microwave. Because microwaves vary so enormously in heat, if using this option, err on the side of caution and just cook the prosciutto for a minute to start with.and then perhaps for an extra 30 seconds at a time until the prosciutto is how you want it. It's too delicious to waste. Not quite as crisp as grilled, but a useful alternative. Apologies if this is a method you've known for years! It's a useful tip if you're unfamiliar with it.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 14, 2012


      A simple, but good comforting soup. I only needed to crisp 2-3 slices of prosciutto to top these. This served three as a main course.

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    • on August 25, 2009


      Even in the summer, I love warm soups and look for recipes that are simple and healthy. I really enjoyed the "fresh" flavor the frozen peas offered in this comfort meal and will certainly try this again. The proscuitto was a great addition. My biggest adjustment would be to change the ratio of peas to potatoes, as I found the later overwhelmed the flavors.

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    • on November 10, 2008


      This is delicious! Very easy and quick. I made half the recipe using 2 small potatoes. But I had to use the full amount of proscuitto. I snacked on a few slices while the soup was simmering. Crispy proscuitto is fantastic. The leeks really add a nice, subtle flavor. Usually when I make pea soup I serve it with sliced french bread that I toast and then melt a little swiss cheese on top. I bet these would taste good with this soup. Great recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pea Soup With Crisp Prosciutto

    Serving Size: 1 (413 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 249.8
    Calories from Fat 49
    Total Fat 5.5 g
    Saturated Fat 2.4 g
    Cholesterol 13.1 mg
    Sodium 394.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.9 g
    Sugars 8.5 g
    Protein 11.2 g

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