Sweet Pea and Mint Soup

My Favourite Summer Soups

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3238Frozen sweet baby peas, or green peas, or garden peas, is one of those ingredients I buy and use on a more than regular basis. They can be used for so many recipes: you can combine them with pasta or rice to have a protein rich meal; or combine them with starchy soups like potato or mash them with potatoes to give colour and add more nutrient value or simple add them to various salads, stir fries or stews.

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3239This recipe is very simple. All you need is onion, leek, peas and some good quality stock (broth). If you are a non-vegetarian you can even add some chicken or beef stock (broth). Please remember to wash the leeks thoroughly as they tend to accumulate a lot of dirt or soil in their overlapping sheaths. Once fully cooked, add finely chopped mint, blend the soup, season with salt and pepper and then add some cream. I don’t like the feel of pea husks in my mouth, so I usually strain the soup. You can serve it hot or cold. I served mine cold on a hot summer day. It was cool and  divine!

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium leek stem, washed thoroughly and sliced
  • 2 cloves garliic crushed
  • 600g (4 heaped cups frozen sweet baby peas)
  • 3-4 cups vegetable stock (broth)
  • 120ml (½ cup) double cream (I used 35% cream)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

 

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3212Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3216Heat oil over medium heat, reduce the heat and gently cook leek, onion and garlic for 10 minutes, until soft (do not brown).

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3217Add pepper and 3 cups stock and simmer 15 minutes.

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3223Add peas, increase heat, bring to the boil and simmer 5 minutes.

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3225Blend the soup until smooth. Add cream and mint and continue blending.

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3227If you want a smooth soup without pea  husks strain the soup.

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_3229Check for seasoning then heat until piping hot and  serve hot or chill for at least 4 hours and then serve cold.

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_2461I served mine chilled on a hot summer afternoon!

Sweet pea and Mint Soup myfavouritepastime.com_2450It  was cool and divine

Sweet Pea and Mint Soup

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Cooking time: 35 minutes; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium leek stem, washed thoroughly and sliced
  • 2 cloves garliic crushed
  • 600g (4 heaped cups frozen sweet baby peas)
  • 3-4 cups vegetable stock (broth)
  • 120ml (½ cup) double cream (I used 35% cream)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat, reduce the heat and gently cook leek, onion and garlic for 10 minutes, until soft (do not brown). Add pepper and 3 cups stock and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Add peas, increase heat, bring to the boil and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Blend the soup until smooth. Add cream and mint and continue blending. If you want a smooth soup without pea husks strain the soup. Check for seasoning then serve hot or chill for at least 4 hours and then serve. I served mine chilled on a hot summer afternoon!

Points to Note:

  1. For every heaped cup of peas you need about ¾ cup stock. So for 4 cups peas you need about 3 cups stock.
  2. If you want to add more cream, reduce the stock and add equal amount of cream.
  3. If you want a thicker soup, reduce stock.

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9 thoughts on “Sweet Pea and Mint Soup

  1. Lovely! I’m also a fan of pea soup. As a rule, if I have a ham with a bone or can get ham hocks, I make Pea soup. I love the French Canadian yellow pea soup the best, but green pea, especially fresh pea soup has a certain appeal! Cold soups are not one of my favorite ways to eat them, and anyway, a quick heat in the microwave doesn’t add heat to an already hot kitchen! Just my personal preference. Keep those awesome recipes coming Liz! Have a nice evening.

    1. Hi Sandy,
      I would like to make some of that pea soup with ham in eat. I love the Dutch version too. It’s called Erwtensoep and has bacon and smoked sausage in it. It’s mainly served in winter…very thick and filling. I ate a lot of it when i was a student, there! I have just seen a nice recipe for the French Canadian yellow pea soup. Will try and make it next week. i love certain cold soups but not all. But we drink smoothies cold and we don’t complain. Do you drink the green smoothies? they are more like cold soups too! Okay my dear I need to continue clearing the backlog.Take care and enjoy the week, ahead!
      Liz

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