Pea Soup with Rye Croutons and Chive Blossoms

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Pea Soup with Rye Croutons and Chive Blossoms Pea Soup with Rye Croutons and Chive Blossoms Pea Soup with Rye Croutons and Chive Blossoms Pea Soup with Rye Croutons and Chive Blossoms Pea Soup with Rye Croutons and Chive Blossoms

It’s finally starting to feel like the spring here in Indianapolis, with flowering trees and tulips, asparagus and spring peas, and that pungent smell of chives after a freshly cut lawn (chives are rampant weeds in our neighborhood!). We’re so pleased to bring you this recipe to celebrate spring from our friend Sarah Copeland, whose new vegetarian cookbook Feast caught our eye.

Not only is Sarah the most kind and genuine soul, her cookbook is brilliant, creative, and was nominated for a James Beard award. The book is packed full of luscious and beautifully-styled vegetarian meals, which are organized both seasonally and functionally (such as, meals for a crowd versus small meals, which we love). We picked a spring pea soup to highlight for you, which we knew would be fun to photograph with the chive blossom garnish.

How to find chive blossoms if you’re not growing them yourself? I ran to the Indy winter market on its last day and was lucky to find two bunches of chives with flowers from Harvestland Farm. We would recommend growing your own chives at home in a pot or in a garden, but it’s possible your nearest farmer’s market might have a bundle. Either way, this is an incredibly fun way to use the blossoms – and they end up being quite tasty! And while the soup looks a little fancy, it’s actually quite simple to put together.

Would you like a copy of Feast? We’re giving away 1 copy to one lucky winner! To enter, follow us on Instagram and leave a comment on the pea soup photograph. We’ll choose one winner at random!

The Rules: One entry per person, U.S. residents only. Commenting will close on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm, EST. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, May 9.

This giveaway is brought to you by Sarah Copeland and Chronicle Books.


Pea Soup with Rye Croutons and Chive Blossoms

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 thick slices whole-grain rye bread, cut into small cubes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh chives with blossoms for garnish
  • 2 3/4 cups vegetable stock
  • 10 ounces fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon wasabi powder or paste (optional)
  • 3/4 cup full-fat plain yogurt
  • Finishing oil for drizzling (we used olive oil)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Toss the bread cubes in the oil, turning with tongs or a heat-proof spatula to toast on all sides, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a plate to cool. (You can make these up to one day in advance; just be sure to cool completely and store in an airtight container.)
  2. Pull the chive blossoms from the chives and chop the green shoots.
  3. Heat the stock in a large soup pot over high heat until simmering. Add the peas and cook until bright green and just cooked, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and use an immersion blender or transfer the soup to a blender in batches to process until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the wasabi (if using) and season with salt and pepper. Add the yogurt and process until smooth and slightly creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Return to the pot and keep warm over a low flame until you are ready to serve.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls, top with croutons, and drizzle with olive oil. Season with pepper and scatter the chopped chives and their blossoms generously over the top. Serve warm.


Reprinted with permission from Sarah Copeland and Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals for Any Eater and Every Appetite




  • Reply
    May 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I must try to find these flowers; they are too pretty and add such sophistication to this soup.

    • Reply
      May 7, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Hope you can find some! Chives are easy enough to grow too — and you can get a flowery treat every year.

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    molly yeh
    May 5, 2014 at 9:47 am

    CHIVES BLOSSOM?! mind = blown.

    i am pretty sure we just discovered some chives growing in our front yard, but i’m not certain, and i’m afraid to try… i’ll have to call over the town botanist or whatever. maybe once they blossom i’ll compare them to your photos and give it a go.

    also, yeahhhhhh rye croutons!!!!!

    • Reply
      May 7, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Rye croutons!!!!!

      There are a lot of wild chive varieties out there. I’m sure a local master gardener will be glad to help.

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    May 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

    These are the most beautiful photos ever!!! I love them. This looks so, so good.

    • Reply
      May 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Annie! I want to grow all sorts of edible flowers now. We’ve done nasturtium in the past, but these were too fun to play with.

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    May 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The flavors in this soup sound so bright and fresh, and your pictures are gorgeous. Looks like a great cookbook too, and what a great idea to functionally organize the recipes that way.

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    May 5, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Wow! Such gorgeous pictures to celebrate a beautiful book!

    • Reply
      May 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Grace!

  • Reply
    May 5, 2014 at 11:28 am

    What a lovely soup and gorgeous garnish!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    May 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    i havent seen peas in my market yet but its so refreshing…

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    Abby @ Happy Food Happy Home
    May 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Thank goodness for the sunny weather this weekend right? We finally got out in the backyard to get some stuff done. And Columbus’s first Spring Farmer’s Market was this Saturday–too bad I missed it. But sleeping in was nice :)
    This soup looks really good; it will have to be lunch this week! And I’m totally dreaming about what kind of rye bread grilled cheese I can make to go with. I can’t have soup without grilled cheese!

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      May 7, 2014 at 9:59 am

      This would be great with a rye grilled cheese! We spent the weekend working in the yard as well, including planting a new tree out front! Spring has finally arrived for good :)

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    May 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Wow – between the color of the soup and the chives, these photos can’t be beat! Beautiful!

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    Tamsin | A Certain Adventure
    May 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Those chive flowers are incredible! Such an unexpected pop of colour – I didn’t know they were purple! They provide a really lovely contrast to the colour of the soup, which looks delicious :) x

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    Katie @ Produce on Parade
    May 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    These photographs were absolutely a joy to look at. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Thank you!

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    Karen - 2Teaspoons
    May 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Your soup photos are so pretty! The pea soup looks so light and creamy and the chive flower is the perfect contrast! And I love the little oil drops – they add the perfect touch :-)

    • Reply
      May 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

      The drops were Sonja’s styling genius. Aren’t they lovely? :)

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    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)
    May 6, 2014 at 7:39 am

    How striking, beautiful contrast! I imagine it tastes sublime too. Can’t wait to try this.

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    Courtney @ The Fig Tree
    May 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Just stunning!!! Too pretty to eat :) Love the addition of wasabi powder. What a neat idea. Sounds wonderful.

    • Reply
      May 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Courtney! Pretty, but not too pretty to eat ;)

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    Elizabeth / In the Loop
    May 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Yum. This looks delicious. I love Sarah Copeland’s recipes. Can’t wait to try this one!

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    Sally K.
    May 8, 2014 at 3:03 am

    You certainly do not need ham or bacon in a good pea soup, as your recipe proves. Lovely combination of seasonings! I think the rye croutons are a nice touch too! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Reply
    May 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I’ve never thought about keeping the flowers on my chives as a garnish! Brilliant!

  • Reply
    May 8, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I always love a new cookbook! Working on upping my vegetarian repertoire as well!

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    May 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Picking the flowers from my mom’s sea of chives was always my job growing up. So great to have a recipe where I can use them! Thanks!

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    May 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Gorgeous photos! I know I’ve seen those blossoms around somewhere, but I can’t think where. The whole dish just sounds so innovative and fresh. Nicely done!

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    Tracey @ Salty Sweet Life
    May 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Mercy! What an absolutely gorgeous dish and beautiful blog! I had no idea chives made such a pretty blossom! I can’t wait for mine to bloom now!

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    Style StreetStalker
    May 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    YUM!!!! Fabulous pictures! oh and did i say YUM!!!!


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