Witches' brew (Pea & bacon chowder)

Witches' brew (Pea & bacon chowder)

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 12 mins Ready in 35 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

6 kids' size servings

We love this soup all through the year, but it really comes into its own at Halloween - for obvious reasons!

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Nut-free
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
131
protein
11g
carbs
12g
fat
5g
saturates
14g
fibre
6g
sugar
4g
salt
1.11g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 650g frozen petits pois
  • 750ml vegetable stock
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon
  • 1 tbsp butter, optional

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and gently cook over a medium heat for 5-6 mins until softened but not coloured. Add the garlic and cook for a further min. Stir in three-quarters of the petit pois, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10-12 mins. Meanwhile, grill the bacon until crisp.
  2. Allow to cool for a few mins, then carefully transfer to a food processor and whizz until smooth. You might need to do this in two batches, depending on the size of your processor.
  3. Return the soup to the pan and add the remaining petit pois. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 mins or until the whole peas are tender. Season to taste, then stir in the butter, if using. Break the bacon into pieces and scatter over bowls or mugs of soup. The soup can be made up to a day ahead; just grill the bacon on the day.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2006

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jessicap91's picture

Delicious. I used a ham stock cube which was a great compliment to the bacon. Also I used normal bacon instead of streaky which worked just as well.

saraheadale's picture
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Absolutely delicious and so easy. Everyone always has peas!

whensdinner's picture
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Really didn't expect this to be as tasty as is. So quick, cheap and easy to produce but absolutely delicious. Mmmm I think I'm going to make it a lot this winter. Also my childish side loved the thick green soup frothing and bubbling as I simmered the last peas - Witches brew is a very apt name!

alexutzapopescu's picture
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Easy peasy ;)

slinky_malinky's picture

Extremely easy to make and very tasty!!!!It was also good with gammon joint instead of the crispy bacon!

florence100's picture
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Easy and very tasty!

redcowpie's picture

I made this with my daughter and we loved it with crusty bread and butter, We will be making it again soon.........

it was yummie ,yummie in our tummy,. love Beth aged 6

ourcarol's picture
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Very yummy, & easy to make, will be making again.

victoriakate's picture
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The bacon makes this yummy

jillmack's picture
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Very nice! I dont like peas too much but loved this soup, missed out the bacon once and it was still lovely, very quick and easy to make

nicolaaberdeen84's picture
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This soup was really tasty - very filling. Can either have alone of with the bacon and a chunk of crusty bread. Yummy!

farmersgirl's picture
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I added some cream, made it even better. Great recipe, sooo easy.

gemskki's picture
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i make this every winter its a great soup. freeze when fresh and have an instant snack later

birkssw6's picture
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So easy and tasty, definately not one that improves with time though - best eaten straight away, otherwise the colour goes a bit murky

vivienspiteri's picture

Made this last year when it first appeared in Good Food and it was yummy and is still popular at home.

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