Sweet pea soup

Time 55 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6
Sweet pea soup
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the lettuce and cook over low heat 5 minutes.


Add the peas, stir and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Add the water, bring to a simmer and continue to simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes.


Cool slightly. Puree the soup in batches in a food processor or blender.


Return the soup to the pot, add the salt and pepper and heat through. Ladle into soup plates and serve immediately.

Serve hot or cold; you can also swirl in a tablespoon of white truffle oil or heavy cream at tableside, or add a pinch of grated Meyer lemon zest.

Amy Scattergood is a staff writer for the Food section of the Los Angeles Times.
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