Chilled Pea Soup

Ingredients:

8 slices of bacon
1 tbsp olive oil
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 leek, white and tender green parts only, sliced
5 cups chicken stock
Rosemary, 2 sprigs
Salt and ground pepper
1/2 lb sugar snap peas, thinly sliced
2 10 oz packages of frozen baby peas
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
1 cup heavy cream
1 garlic clove, minced

Instructions:

In a medium pot, cook bacon on medium heat until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel and let drain. Reserve 2 tbsp of oil in pot but discard rest.

Add celery, onion,  and leek and cook until softened on medium low heat. Add the chicken stock, 4  slices of bacon, 1 rosemary sprig, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until veggies are very tender, about 15 minutes. Discard rosemary and strain liquid into a separate bowl. Transfer solids to blender.

In a medium saucepan, bring salted water to a boil and add the sugar snap peas. Cook for about 3  minutes until tender and then add the baby peas and parsley. Cook for about a minute then transfer to blender. Blend until smooth, adding a bit a broth to allow easy blending.

Transfer soup to a bowl inside a larger bowl full of ice water and add the rest of the broth. Let cool.

In a small saucepan, add the heavy cream, rosemary sprig, and garlic and bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat until reduced, about 5 minutes. Strain garlic and rosemary cream into a bowl and  let cool.

Ladle the pea soup  into bowls and drizzle with cream. Crumble bacon on top and  serve.

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