Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Minted Pea Soup

A confession: I love peas. Frozen peas. The fresh ones? Not so much. Always liked popping them out of their pods, but never really appreciated the taste. But now fresh peas are everywhere, another zeitgeist thing.

So here's a pea soup, a frozen pea soup, that tastes really fresh. Honestly, unless your garden is overflowing with the things, I can't imagine it would make sense to make soup with fresh peas anyway.

BTW, as well as her Virtual Bake Sale, which you can still support, I'll Eat You has some very sophisticated pea-fiteroles (such a cute name). Check them out!

The Recipe: Minted Pea Soup
From Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Budget Meals, by Sunil Vijayakar
A book that my little sis gave me for Christmas - thanks J!
  • 1 tbspn butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, finely chopped
  • 2.25 US pints (1 litre) vegetable stock
  • 13 oz (400g) frozen peas
  • 6 tbspn finely chopped mint leaves
  • salt & freshly ground pepper
  • creme fraiche (optional), to serve

Serves 4.

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the onion and potato, and cook for 5 mins. Add the stock and bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 mins or until potato is tender.

2. Add the peas to the pan and cook for a further 3-4 mins. Season well with salt and pepper, remove from the heat, and stir in the mint. Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Ladle into warmed bowls and top with a dollop of creme fraiche, if liked.

Thoughts/Tips/Mistakes

Nothing comes to mind - this is just a lovely soup.

Pix

Adding the mint:















Like the splat on the side of the bowl? Sigh...

7 comments:

Bob said...

You know, I've never actually had pea soup. I should try it, this sounds great. :)

Kate said...

Yum! Soup is great - and easy! Looks good.

Yesica N. Cook said...

@Bob: it's nice, give it a go! and thanks so much for your comments, v. encouraging!

@Kate: you're the soupmeister! xo

jack said...

soup for dinner is a new thing for me, works out well for a light meal (with fresh crusty french bread). can't wait to explore some cold soups for summer...

Yesica N. Cook said...

New, as in, appalling? And you need to fill up with bread? :) LOL... Luckily for you, summer soups are on the way! xo

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