Easy Peasy Pea Mint Soup

It’s easy. It’s peasy. It’s Pea Mint Soup.

pea-mint-soup The old recipe is so wrong I – I – seriously I’ve no idea what happened. Did I have a mini-stroke in the middle of adding it? Did I accidentally start writing out the ingredients for a different recipe? No idea. But it’s wrong as wrong can be.

This recipe is a soup version of something I made during a strict detox that I was on – that I had come up with myself – that didn’t allow potatoes for – um – either the first 8 or 12 weeks. It didn’t allow for rice or pasta or anything like that either. So one evening I was grilling a couple of lamb chops, I wanted some sort of mash with them and I thought about how lamb is often served with mint sauce (I have never ever had mint sauce – I’ll have to correct that) and I thought about making a nice sweet mash of onions, peas and mint. Which I did and then squeezed in some lemon because I like things on the sharp side and I posted it as Pea-Mint-Salsa. And then it became Easy Peasy Pea Mint Soup – or it should have but half the ingredients appear to be part of some other recipes.

Easy Peasy Pea Mint Soup is made by gently cooking some sliced onion and celery, adding some frozen peas, some chicken (or light vegetable) stock, letting those cook and then blending with some (quite a lot really) mint leaves, squeezing in some lemon and adding some salt and pepper. That’s it. There’s not much to it. It’s sweet, simple flavours. The instant pea mint soup really is the same soup just made really quickly and without the celery. Does the celery make it better? Yes, so do the gently cooked onions.

The celery sticks were the nice leafy inner stalks which I think taste sweeter and a little more like parsley. I use these for the Mushroom & Creme Fraiche Soup too.

I topped one bowl with some Parmesan cheese, which was a nice combination, and one with mustard which also was fine – and vegetarian.

ingredients for easy peasy pea mint soup
Garden peas, onions, celery, mint, stock, nutmeg, salt, butter and oil.

Easy Peasy Pea Mint Soup

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Serves 4 small bowls

Easy Peasy Pea Mint Soup

Ingredients

  • sunflower oil
  • butter
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5-6 inner celery stalks and leaves, sliced
  • 600g garden peas
  • 1 pint chicken or light vegetable stock
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 20 - 25g fresh mint, leaves picked from the stalks
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cheese or mustard optional for decoration

Instructions

  1. Heat a little sunflower oil in a saucepan. Add a pat of butter. When the butter has melted turn the heat down to gentle and stir in the onions. Cover the pan and let the onions soften for 5 minutes. Stir in the celery, cover the pan and leave for another minute.
  2. Add in the peas, stock and nutmeg. Raise the heat and bring to boil. Cover the pan. Leave the peas boil on high for 6 minutes or until they're cooked through and tender. Turn off the heat. Add the mint and cover the pan again for a minute just to soften the leaves a little but keeping the taste very fresh.
  3. Pour the contents of the pan into a deep bowl. Using a stick blender blend to a thick soup consistency. Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon. Taste and season according to taste.
  4. Serve as it is or with cheese or mustard as a topping. Enjoy!
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easy peasy pea mint soup ready to blend
I’m finding that when I blend stuff in the saucepan on the hob I tend to get burned so here’s my solution. This and partially cover the bowl with a towel while I blend it.

 

Add lemon to sharpen the flavours. I added the juice of 1 lemon to this.

 

Easy Peasy Pea Mint soup topped with some mustard.
Also good topped with a little mustard.

 

Easy Peasy Pea Mint soup topped with some grated Parmesan cheese.
Easy Peasy Pea Mint soup topped with some grated Parmesan cheese.

 

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