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Minted Sweet Pea and Spinach Soup

4 tb Butter, unsalted
10 oz Spinach, fresh, chopped
1 pk Green Peas, frozen
1 c Whipping Cream
Black Pepper, freshly ground
2 c Onions, finely chopped
3 c Chicken Stock
2 c Mint Leaves, fresh
Salt


Melt butter in large, heavy saucepan, add onions, cover and cook very gently for 25 minutes, until just beginning to color; do not let onions brown. Wilt spinach over simmering water, squeeze out water and chop, or cook frozen spinach according to directions. Heat stock in large, heavy saucepan, add peas and spinach, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer just until peas are tender, about 20 minutes. Add mint leaves and continue simmering for another 5 minutes. Puree soup in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return to heat, add cream, blending until smooth. Heat and serve hot, or cool, then chill and serve cold. Serves 6.


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