Green Goblin Soup

David’s mother makes a pureed vegetable soup that is very green and she calls it Green Goblin Soup.  The kids love it, so we call every soup whatever-color-it-is goblin soup and then they will generally eat it. 

I was in the mood for pea soup so green goblin soup it is!  I used the Epicurious app on my i-phone to find a recipe–I made a few slight adjustments to it (mostly for laziness reasons)–if you like a thick soup, then this is for you!  I actually added an extra cup of broth at the end because it looked like paste.  Eli was helping blend it and after I added the broth he said, “oh, now this looks like soup!”

It’s probably more of a winter cold-weather soup and not so appropriate for the 80 degrees and sunny skies that we are happily having right now, but it’s good anyway.  Here’s how to make it:

First, heat up 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pot:

Cut up the white and light green parts of one big leek and add to the oil along with one bay leaf.  Sautee for a few minutes (until David comes in to the kitchen and tells you if you don’t pay attention to the stove, the leeks will burn):

Add one cup of split peas.  This is the perfect task for a small boy dressed as Iron Man.

Next add 5 3/4 cups of vegetable broth.  I use the powder, which probably horrifies my sister.  If it didn’t cost an arm and a leg a box here, I would use the boxes of organic broth that they have at Whole Foods.  I miss Whole Foods! Anyway, this Osem stuff works for me (I can’t figure out how to rotate the picture so just turn your head!):

Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and let it simmer, covered, for about 1/2 an hour until the peas are tender.  Here’s where I diverged from the original recipe.  Once the peas are tender, remove the pot from the heat, take out the bay leaf and discard it.  Add in a bag of frozen petite peas, thawed (You sould probably take them out of the freezer and put in a strainer to defrost before you start making the soup). 

Mix it all together and wonder for a second if it’s actually going to taste good because it looks kinda iffy:

Add 4 tablespoons of fresh dill (yes, Sarah, I actually used fresh dill and not dried!) and then use a hand-blender to blend it very well.  This is also a good job for a small boy who wants to help (and who is no longer dressed as Iron Man):

If it’s too thick, add a bit more broth.  Enjoy the yummy green goodness!!

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