Pea and mint soup just sings springtime to me! Shelling the peas brings me back to childhood. The fresh, grassy smell is so evocative of hazy, sunny days in the garden. While we tend to reach for soups in the cold of winter, this one with the addition of the fresh mint brings the promise of warmer weather. Something I could certainly do with right now!

This variation of gets it’s creaminess from coconut milk for a dairy free, vegan option. Though you could, of course, add some cheeky, crispy bacon pieces for a lovely salty flavour to contrast the sweet peas. This soup makes a great lunch dish or appetiser, and can be stored in the fridge for a few days (without the bacon pieces), or frozen for 6 months.

 

 

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Serves: 2

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter/olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, diced
  • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable stock
  • 2 cups (300g) of fresh, shelled peas (about 1kg of pea pods)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) light canned coconut milk
  • handful fresh mint leaves
  • pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 x lean bacon rasher, diced (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Heat the butter or olive oil in a medium saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Lower the heat to medium/low, add the onions and cook slowly stirring often until soft, translucent and sweet. You may have to add a little more butter or olive oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Add half of the mint leaves and cook for a minute until aromatic.
  4. Pour over the vegetable stock, increase the heat to medium/high and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the peas and cook for 4 minutes, any longer and they will lose their lovely flavour, then remove from the heat.
  6. Stir through the coconut milk and season to taste.
  7. Cover and set aside If adding bacon. Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a frying pan over a medium/high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook to your liking, then set aside on a plate lined with kitchen paper to absorb excess grease.
  8. Use a hand or table top blender to blend soup until smooth.
  9. Serve in two bowls with some crispy wholemeal bread. Sprinkle the bacon pieces on top if using. Enjoy!

 

What did you think of our pea & mint soup? Let us know in the comments!

 

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