Quick Green Pea Soup
When you say “pea soup” to people, most think of the “split pea and ham bone” kind. As delicious as that is, it does take a while to make. This pea soup is made using frozen peas and has a lovely “fresh” taste. It is very pretty, very fast and easy – perfect for either a quick supper after work or as a soup course for a dinner with friends. It is delicious both when fully vegan or with the dairy and or bacon add-ons.
2 cups frozen peas (don’t have to defrost)
1 litre vegetable stock (can use chicken stock)
salt and pepper to taste
a few leaves of mint (amount is to taste)*
2-3 green onions or equivalent amount of chives, chopped
crumbled cooked bacon bits (optional), to sprinkle
heavy cream (optional)
Bring stock and peas to boil and cook until peas are soft – don’t overcook them. Puree with immersion blender (or in conventional blender) with mint leaves until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Whiz in a bit more mint if you like.
As a garnish, you can a) sprinkle a few leaves of julienned mint leaves with the green onion on top, b) sprinkle the green onion with the bacon bits, or c) beat the cream slightly and put a dollop on top (with some mint and or onion).
*Basil would also be tasty in place of the mint.