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Like Peas in a Pod | How to make Delicious Pea Soup August 17, 2009

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Foodiness.
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Inspired by this post over at Backwards in High Heels, I have spent the past few weeks intending to make my own version of pea soup. I finally got around to it yesterday and have to say that I was very pleased with the results. For someone who has never eaten or made pea soup, split pea soup, pea and ham soup or any more distant cousins of this luminous green delight, it had to be a brilliant start.

My general soup making mantra goes something along the lines of “stock stock stock stock stock” – you can have the best ingredients in the world, but they only ever taste as good as possible with proper stock in the mix! I have Knorr stuff at home but most people I know swear by bouillon! To me, of course, anything salty is great! Sometimes I wonder if I am bit of a philistine with food and leaving it only moderately seasoned! Is an addiction to salt conceivable at all?

delicious pea soup recipe

So, how to make it? I don’t use amounts really (plus soup can always be boiled down if too thin).

The incredibly simple pea soup recipe is as follows:

  • A small bag of frozen peas
  • Boiled water with 1 chicken and 1 veg stock cube dissolved in it
  • 2 small onions (1 large)
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Chop the onion and garlic finely, then sweat in a pan with a big knob of melted butter. Don’t let them go brown. I also added a little basil oil to the mix for a fresh herby taste, but you don’t need this by any means!

Add the peas and toss to coat in the butter, and also to thaw them slightly. Add the boiled water and bring to the boil, stirring.

Leave to simmer for about 2 minutes. Add a handful of chopped mint, and a spoonful of sugar – this is Tania’s biggest tip and it was amazing!

Blend everything in a mixer until very smooth and green. At this point, blend in some small knobs of chilled butter to emulsify.

Return to heat, and simmer the fresh pea soup until at the desired consistency. Serve with cream (in a smiley face if you are as sad as me!), a sprig of fresh mint and a healthy dash of ground black pepper. A squeeze of lemon would work well too!

Delicious pea soup!

refreshing pea soup recipe

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