Pea & Carrot Soup with Rice

Pea & Carrot Soup with Rice

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup orzo
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 leeks--halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise and thoroughly rinsed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen organic peas
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, halved
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the orzo and toast until deep golden and fragrant. Stir in the rice, add about 2 cups chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally and adding a bit more stock if the rice begins to stick, until the rice is just tender, about 18 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a soup pot, heat 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and leeks; season with salt ad pepper. Cook stirring, until softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the remaining stock and the fresh peas (if using frozen, stir in just before serving). Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer.
  3. Using a food processor mix the parsley, mint, cheese, pine nuts, garlic and about 1/4 cup EVOO into a pesto. Stream in more EVOO iuf needed. Stir the pesto into the rice pilaf.
  4. Serve 1/2 cup of the prepared rice in each of 4 soup bowls. Top with the peas and carrots in broth. Stir to combine.
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