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Leek, pea & watercress soup served in a bowl

Leek, pea & watercress soup

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Pack in the goodness with this vibrant green soup, packed with leeks, peas and watercress. It's tasty and healthy too, both low in calories and fat

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
low inkcal154
low infat5g


  • 1tbsp olive oil , plus a drizzle to serve
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced
  • 4 small garlic cloves , crushed
  • hot veg stock
  • 80g watercress
  • 400g frozen peas
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp crème fraîche or dairy-free crème fraîche
  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the leeks and garlic and fry for 7-10 mins or until softened and translucent.

  • STEP 2

    Pour in the hot stock and simmer for 5-10 mins. Stir through the watercress, reserving a few leaves for garnish, then the peas, and cook for 5 mins until wilted. Use a hand blender or processor and whizz until smooth. Stir through the lemon juice and zest, then season to taste. Stir through half the parsley. Ladle into bowls and top with the remaining parsley, reserved watercress and a drizzle of olive oil. Swirl through some crème fraîche, then serve with crusty bread, if you like.


Leftover crème fraîche? 
Whisk crème fraîche into hot sauces, stir into pasta, or add to puddings and fruit. For more recipe suggestions take a look at our crème fraîche glossary

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2020

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