Chilled pea soup with frozen mint & malt vinegar

Chilled pea soup with frozen mint & malt vinegar

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 25 mins plus chilling and freezing


Serves 6
Serve this silky smooth soup with flavoured ice cubes to keep it chilled - garnish with fresh peas and crispy bacon for a dinner party

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal423
  • fat23g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre10g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 75g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 1 onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 700g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 10 mint leaves

For the ice cubes

  • 75ml distilled malt vinegar
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar
  • ½ small bunch mint, leaves picked



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

To serve

  • 50g shelled fresh peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 50ml rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • a few small mint leaves


  1. First, make the ice cubes. Bring 75ml water, the malt vinegar and sugar to the boil. Add the mint leaves and set aside to steep for 10 mins. Strain into a jug, then pour into 12 holes of an ice cube tray and freeze until solid.

  2. In a heavy-based saucepan, heat the butter until foaming, add the bacon and fry until crispy. Remove using a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion to the pan and cook until soft, about 10 mins. Add the sugar and 400ml water, bring to the boil, then add the frozen peas and mint. Bring back to the boil for 1 min, then remove from the heat and leave to cool a little. Pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl (see tip below). Taste and season, then cover with cling film and chill until ready to serve.

  3. Chop the crispy bacon into small bits. To serve, mix the bacon with the fresh peas and rapeseed oil in a bowl. Ladle the soup into your dishes and add the ice cubes (if you like, you can crush them a bit too). Top with the bacon and peas, and scatter over a few mint leaves.

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