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Chilled Minted Escarole Pea Soup Recipe

Posted on 30th of June, 2010 by Lévana

Chilled Minted Escarole Pea Soup Recipe

Escarole is a member of the lettuce family, rather neglected in America, but a huge Favorite in France.  It has a delightfully bitter edge that makes it a big salad star, and lends itself perfectly to quick cooking, paired as it is here with milder ingredients for this wonderful cold soup.


1/3 cup olive oil

4 leeks,  sliced

4 ribs celery, peeled

1 small bunch flat parsley

1 large onion, quartered

1 large zucchini, cut in large chunks

2 quarts (8 cups water)

4 cups frozen peas

1 large head escarole (settle for watercress), roughly chopped

1 small bunch mint, leaves only

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups plain yogurt or dairy-free yogurt


Heat the oil in a heavy pot. In a food processor, coarsely grind the leeks, celery, parsley, onion and zucchini, and add the mixture to the hot oil. Sauté until translucent. Add all remaining ingredients except the yogurt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to medium, and cook covered about 10 minutes. Cream the soup in a blender or food processor, or with an immersion blender. Adjust consistency and seasonings. Chill completely, and stir in the yogurt.

Filed under: Dairy-Free Recipes, Escarole Recipes, French Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Mint Recipes, Natural and Kosher Recipes, Pareve Recipes, Recipes, Soup Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

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  1. Denise Gutman-Tenner, on Said:

    Hi Levana!
    Just wanted you to know that I made, and everyone LOVED this soup! Even my kids, perhaps you remember, my husband is allergic to tomatoes, and I have been forever searching for a cold summer soup – vichycoisse didn’t do it – but this one did! (Although perhaps you have an even better vichycoisse recipe) Nonetheless, everyone agreed it was excellent and sophisticated! In fact, maybe too fine, for a backyard BBQ, but I disagree.
    Anyway, thank you, just wanted you to know I look forward to your emails with great recipes – when is your next book coming out??
    Good Shabbos!
    (In case you don’t remember, I’m Brenda’s daughter-in-law)

    • Lévana, on Said:

      Denise, not only do I remember you, and very fondly at that, but I often ask Brenda when you can all come together so we can meet the rest of the family!
      This is precisely the soup I am making for this shabbos! I find it’s the best.
      The book is due beginning of next year: IT will be chock full of fantastic recipes, all without exception along healthy guidelines. We’ll make a little noise about it when we get closer!
      Have a great Shabbos, Levana