Pea & mint soup

Pea & mint soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins Ready in 25-30 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A superhealthy starter or snack that's great hot or cold

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
108
protein
8g
carbs
17g
fat
1g
saturates
1g
fibre
4g
sugar
1.6g
salt
0.84g

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 850ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 900g young peas in the pod (to give about 250g/9oz shelled peas)
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • large pinch caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 150ml buttermilk or soured cream

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Method

  1. Put the spring onions into a large pan with the potato, garlic and stock. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato is very soft. For the garnish, blanch 3 tbsp of the shelled peas in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, drain, put in a bowl of cold water and set aside. Add the remaining peas to the soup base and simmer for 5 minutes – no longer, or you will lose the lovely fresh flavour of the peas.
  2. Stir in the mint, sugar and lemon or lime juice, cool slightly then pour into a food processor or liquidiser and whizz until as smooth as you like. Stir in half the buttermilk or soured cream, taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. To serve the soup cold, cool quickly, then chill – you may need to add more stock to the soup before serving as it will thicken as it cools. To serve hot, return the soup to the rinsed-out pan and reheat without boiling (to prevent the buttermilk or soured cream from curdling).
  4. Serve the soup in bowls, garnished with the remaining buttermilk and the drained peas.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2004

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sezza100's picture

Amazing soup lovely flavours and very filling

cathscott's picture
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Very tasty. As it's January I made it with frozen peas simmered for 1 minute. Seasonal food is great but I really enjoyed the taste of summer while it's pouring with rain and cold outside!

jillyhulme's picture
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Lovely soup. Very easy and quick to make. Used frozen peas and just as good!

babs60's picture
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Lovely, easy to make soup, but replaced the spring onions with a large red onion, used 300g of frozen peas instead of fresh, left out the buttermilk/soured cream & added some chopped up smoked ham. I think without the ham this soup would have been a bit bland & I'm afraid I would have only given it 2 **

hazysmith's picture
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Lovely soup - good for frozen peas soon. Reminds me of springtime in the middle of winter!

mcnvandenbrink's picture

Sp tasty and easy to make, will share it for sure!

sllyst's picture
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Just whizzed this up for lunch now, used frozen peas and was lovely, quick and easy!

christellepp's picture
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I'm a newly wed who has just gotten interested into cooking. This is the first recipe I ever tried, ever!!! And it was delicious!!! I was so proud of me and so was my husband. As I was so worried about getting it straight, I also searched on YouTube for this recipe, and I came out with a mix (which is not as calorie-free, but quite tasty):
- I fried the potato a little bit, using olive oil, garlic, and onion. And then I added the chicken stock.
- I also used 250 g of frozen peas, worked perfectly fine.
I'm loving this website!!! Easy, well-explained recipes and excellent results!

mollymango's picture
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This was great! So tasty and easy to cook! I will make this again, as it's so healthy. Mmmmm lovely!

liddy1x's picture
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Delicious soup, couldn't recommend more. I found it was also fine to freeze.

yollandhouse's picture

Keen to make this in advance - does anyone know if you can freeze it successfully?

brieloveer's picture
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Frozen peas, shallots instead of spring onions, ham stock cube, and added a bag of watercress - gorgeous! We like a creamy soup but I wanted to keep this healthy - 2 teaspoons of low-fat cream cheese before blitzing and it was just like a cream soup. Thing is, I actually forgot the mint the first time (!) and we much preferred it to the minty batch I made this time.

oxxoxx's picture
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Used frozen peas, greek yogurt and bouillon cubes, and it STILL came out completely awesome. Foolproof recipe.

lucyupinthesky's picture
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Wonderful! As someone else wrote, I used frozen peas and it came out lovely. I will definitely make it again!

greenlung's picture
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really nice, simple to make

loakley1968's picture
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I thought this was a little disappointing and have had better results using some good veg. stock and then blitzing with frozen peas and fresh mint. I thought the addition of the potato made it too starchy.

harrikingsford's picture

This recipe is very quick and easy to make. I used frozen petite pois and no cream, but a dash of milk and it was lovely. Also very low calories but extremely tasty. Delish!

beachdun's picture
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I used this as part of a starter for a New Year celebration dinner, it went down well when reheated a day later. I used Frozen Peas too. It's a good ratio of pea to mint. I left out the sugar and buttermilk, using a lime instead but I had made my veg stock from scratch, onion carrot, celery and a bay leaf so I think it was sweet enough

helq99's picture
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Great soup and recipe. Now I'm going to look for more healthy 5* recipes on the website! Used 300g of frozen peas, and a large onion instead of the spring onions. Actually I couldn't tell the difference in taste when I made it with a regular onion versus spring onions...

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