Witches' brew (Pea & bacon chowder)

Witches' brew (Pea & bacon chowder)

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


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

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Nut-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal131
  • fat5g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre6g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.11g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • onion, finely chopped



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

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



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


  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.

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John B's picture
John B
22nd Apr, 2020
Lovely, I didnt have have any bacon, so i used spam and fried it well in small pieces and it turned out great.
31st Oct, 2018
This meal worked really well. Would use again.
Glenn Matthews
13th Jan, 2018
I halved everything on the recipe and had it as a lunch. It worked well and tasted great.
30th Oct, 2016
Super tasty, made it for a Halloween party last night, everyone enjoyed it. I made it without adding the bacon so it was vegetarian, but put a bowl of fried chorizo next to it for the carnivores to add. Excellent for pleasing everyone! Very easy to make and with cheap ingredients. 5/5!
28th Jan, 2016
Just made this tonight. Cut the (doubled quantity of) bacon, and fried in pan. It stuck a little but frying the onions, the stuck pieces came right off. Drained the fat,but kept a little for the onions to be fried in. Doubled the peas and stock and it made enough for 5 adults with an added little something to dunk. A tasty, cheap, quick to make meal, that hits the spot in the depths of winter. Thankyou.
15th Sep, 2013
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.
16th Apr, 2013
Absolutely delicious and so easy. Everyone always has peas!
31st Oct, 2012
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!
6th Nov, 2011
Easy peasy ;)
15th Nov, 2010
Extremely easy to make and very tasty!!!!It was also good with gammon joint instead of the crispy bacon!


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