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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3rd Nov, 2010
Easy and very tasty!
31st Oct, 2010
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
4th Oct, 2010
Very yummy, & easy to make, will be making again.
14th Aug, 2010
The bacon makes this yummy
16th Feb, 2008
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
4th Feb, 2008
This soup was really tasty - very filling. Can either have alone of with the bacon and a chunk of crusty bread. Yummy!
3rd Jan, 2008
I added some cream, made it even better. Great recipe, sooo easy.
20th Nov, 2007
i make this every winter its a great soup. freeze when fresh and have an instant snack later
20th Nov, 2007
So easy and tasty, definately not one that improves with time though - best eaten straight away, otherwise the colour goes a bit murky
31st Oct, 2007
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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