Foodist Approved: Sweet Pea Soup with Parsley and Chèvre Recipe

by | Feb 16, 2016
Sweet Pea Soup with Parsley and Chevre

Sweet Pea Soup with Parsley and Chevre

Spring is just around the corner, but with the recent snowstorms across the country sunshine may feel hopelessly out of reach. Fear not.

Get into the kitchen and make soup to rejuvenate your soul. Plus, Souping is the New Juicing—the perfect way to squeeze more veggies into your life.

This pea soup only requires a 15-minute simmer, making it a front-runner for weeknight dinners. Add a little sautéed Italian sausage to transform it into a hearty meal and no other sides are needed.

Chèvre (goat’s cheese) is my go-to for adding creamy richness to soups without the use of heavy cream. Goat cheese is much easier to digest than cream, and it lends a tart, tangy, earthy flavor that turns this nourishing vegetable soup into a showstopper.

Get fancy and top each bowl with homemade croutons to add irresistible crunch.

Sweet Pea Soup with Parsley and Chèvre

Serves 6 as a side or 4 as a main

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt (leave out if broth is not low-sodium)
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 (32-ounce) box low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces plain chèvre (goat’s cheese)
  • 2 mild (sweet) uncooked Italian sausages, casings removed, optional

In a large pot over medium-high heat warm the olive oil. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften but do not brown, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and stir continuously for 1 minute longer.

Add the broth, peas, parsley, and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low. Simmer covered for 15 minutes, or until the peas and carrots are tender.

Turn off the heat and add the chèvre. If you have an immersion (stick) blender, use it to blend the soup until smooth right in the pot. Alternatively, allow the soup to cool slightly, then transfer it to a blender and process until smooth. Please note: Adding hot items to a blender causes the pressure to expand and can blow off the lid so hold it firmly in place and blend on low.

If adding the sausage, brown it in a small skillet over medium heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon until cooked through. Add the cooked sausage to the soup and stir to combine. If the soup is too thick thin with a little water (I added 1/2 cup).

If not adding the sausage, taste the soup and add salt and pepper, if needed, or additional chèvre.

Ladle into soup bowls and garish with parley and homemade croutons, if desired.

Elyse Kopecky is a whole foods chef currently co-authoring a cookbook for runners, Run Fast Eat Slow, with Olympic marathoner and longtime friend, Shalane Flanagan. After 10 years working for Nike and EA Sports, Elyse decided to pursue her passion for talking and writing about food. She went to NYC to study culinary nutrition at the Natural Gourmet Institute and has taken cooking classes throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. Sign-up for sneak peeks of Shalane and Elyse’s book at or follow along @ElyseKopecky.

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4 Responses to “Foodist Approved: Sweet Pea Soup with Parsley and Chèvre Recipe”

  1. HealthierDay says:

    That looks so awesome! I think we will plan to switch out the sausage with chicken since it’s optional :-).

  2. C coe says:

    Soup looks gorgeous. Definitely will try this one out. Also just bought your book on Amazon–instant gratification — Will read tonight.

  3. Denise says:

    I am totally digging on this soup recipe – you had me at peas but then the goat cheese. What a great idea for adding creamiest to your soup. Definitely giving this a try with pea season just around the corner!

  4. Hollie says:

    Looks great! I’m going to make it tonight!

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