Creamy Garden Pea and Mint Soup

 

It occurred to me this morning that a loving relationship hasn’t yet been fostered between soup and I this year. By and large soup is seen as something warming, hearty and intended for the colder months of the year. However, it should be remembered that one can make a delightful soup out of almost anything and that there are some rather extraordinary warm-weather recipes out there. The combination of pea and mint is one that has been explored here already this year and it is clear to see why. The peas and mint work wonderfully well together, with the former providing the first breath of taste – a flavour which reminds one instantly of an English walled garden – and the latter lingering on in order to tempt the next spoonful into one’s mouth. Indeed, two such beautifully fresh ingredients were made for such a dish.

I spent last week in Aylesbury, visiting my girlfriend (there you go, Rosemary). However, last Sunday she found herself involved in the popular and rather comically named, Tour de Vale (a 55 mile bike ride around Aylesbury). So, while she was out enjoying herself I decided to take my camera for a stroll, not on a lead you understand, to take some photos of the local wildlife. Unfortunately, this story isn’t leading to anything particularly exciting, unless you have a strange fetish for either the common mallard or Canadian goose. If that’s the case, such perversions are not welcome here. Still, you may enjoy this wonderful, seasonal soup.

Creamy Garden Pea and Mint Soup

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

• 600g garden peas

• 100g spring onions, finely chopped

• 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped

• 600ml vegetable stock

• Olive oil

• 75ml double cream

• Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

1. Fry the onions in a healthy glug of olive oil. Once translucent, add the garden peas and stir for a minute or two. Add the stock and mint and cook for a further few minutes.

2. Once the peas are cooked through blend the soup until very fine indeed. Stir in the double cream, season to taste and bring back up to temperature – do not allow it to boil rapidly. Serve with bread and garnished with a little more chopped mint.

Cost: Ingredients like these are incredibly cheap, particularly when one’s mint grows jolly quickly. The only real extravagance here is the double cream and one could happily use half-fat crème fraîche in lieu of it. Indeed, this soup should set one back a mere £2 and takes no more than 15-20 minutes from start to finish.

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67 comments on “Creamy Garden Pea and Mint Soup

  1. Val
    June 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Mmmmm… nice looking Mallard… oops, I mean soup!

  2. cookinginsens
    June 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I was wondering where you were! Beautiful mint leaves. I would have really been impressed if you had roasted one of those geese :)

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      There you are! Thanks :D. Now, now – you need to control your carnivorous behaviours… we’ve spoken about this.

  3. Promenade Claire
    June 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I’m still waiting for my peas to fatten up – they are at least 3 weeks behind last year, so frustrating! But yes a great combination – pea and mint

  4. spree
    June 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Love those soups that live outside Autjmn and Winter. This is a great one !

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    June 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I have fostered a loving relationship with my mint plant, it gives me many mojitos. Love this soup1

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Mine is doing so well! I adore the mojito :D. Thanks!

  6. Michelle
    June 18, 2012 at 1:39 am

    It’s pea soup day! Love the b/w photos, especially the top one. You should “take your camera out for a stroll” more often!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      It is indeed! Thanks, Michelle. I take my camera strolling very often. Perhaps I’ll share more photos.

  7. glutenfreehappytummy
    June 18, 2012 at 1:51 am

    ooooh what a delicious combination! and gorgeous color too! thanks for sharing!

  8. Eha
    June 18, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Even in the middle of the Oz winter, this will taste just great :) ! Of course somehow I do have the tendency to tweak the double cream bit for yogurt or a nut milk or . . . [just thinking aloud :) !]

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Oh yes, it would – that’s the beauty of soup. No, those are great ideas :D

  9. Keep Calm and Eat On
    June 18, 2012 at 3:38 am

    This soup is surprisingly great either served warm or cold. A summer starter for me! :)

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Oh yes, it is! Someone else mentioned that… maybe I should have mentioned it.

  10. baconbiscuit212
    June 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Half-fat crème fraîche?! There is such a thing?!

    Oh boy. Full-fat for me, peas!

    I mean please :-)

    Beautiful soup, Nick. Such a pretty color!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      There is indeed. I would use full fat too. Nice joke… Thanks, Daisy :D

  11. Just A Smidgen
    June 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

    So, then, THAT’S where our geese have gone! Send them right on back home, now will you! I’ve been working like mad in the garden and it’s shaping up to look more and more like your English (un-walled, I guess, unless a fence will do) gardens so they’d be right at home here. I fancy a cup of your soup whilst sitting next to my roses would be the perfect way to spend an afternoon lolling about… :) Smidge

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Oh blimey, forgot about you :D. Sorry, Smidge! Oh yes, that does sound divine :D

  12. Jo Blogs
    June 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Simplicity itself! And a fabulous excuse to use my new Bamix toy ;).
    We have ducks and Canada geese plus the occasional pair of swans on the lake outside our flat and I just love them – what beautiful pictures! You’re really getting to grips with you fantastic new camera aren’t you? I dropped mine at the Good Food Show this weekend and nearly died – I stood shrieking “it’s only a WEEK old!” as some kind man picked it up for me lol!…

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Indeed! I had to look up bamix… I had no idea what it was. They are such beautiful creatures. Thanks, Jo. I’m loving the camera. Going to get a tripod soon and do some night time shooting – movement of stars etc. Oh no! Keep it safe, yeh!

  13. Rhoda Kirwan
    June 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

    The soup looks and sounds great. So does the mallard! :O)

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks, Rhoda! Haha, now now! Hands off the mallard.

  14. Sacha
    June 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’ll eat soup on the hottest of days, especially if involves peas and mint!

  15. The Literate Chef
    June 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    This looks delicious, I bet it would be good cold as well, like a green vichyssoise! I have made peas with mint as a side, but never thought to do it as a soup.

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it would be delicious cold. Give it a go :D

  16. sybaritica
    June 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I’m not sure if I would like mint with pea in a soup… only one way to find out I guess :)

  17. Karen
    June 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Frugal, the photo of your soup is wonderful and just begs to be eaten.

  18. The Teenage Taste
    June 19, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I’ve never made pea soup before, but now I want to! This looks delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      You should – it’s so yummy and I don;t even really like peas.

  19. makingitwithdanielle
    June 19, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Soup looks great, live the combination of peas and mint. Just curious… Do you use a regular stand blender or an immersion blender?

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks, Danielle! I don’t know what those are… standard I guess.

  20. Shira
    June 19, 2012 at 6:04 am

    What a gorgeous soup – and equally lovely photos!! So springy…and wow, 55 miles? Color me impressed…and I bet the week with the GF was great! :)

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks, Shira! She’s done more before though.

  21. Cara
    June 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Dude, soup and I are best friends. I don’t think I could ever get tired of it… Going to try this recipe, Frugs. That’s all I have to say ;)

    • Somer
      June 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Ditto!

      • frugalfeeding
        June 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        Get on with it then! :D

        • Somer
          June 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

          Righteo. Done. Searching for frozen peas now since I don’t have a garden ;)

          • frugalfeeding
            June 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

            I used frozen peas too :D

          • Somer
            June 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

            Doh, should have read more clearly.

          • frugalfeeding
            June 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

            I can’t remember if I mentioned that… I have a short memory.

          • Somer
            June 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

            Made a hodge podge variation tonight since I didn’t have your recipe up in front of me. Subbed out a coconut milk for the cream. So good! Thanks for the inspiration!

          • frugalfeeding
            June 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

            Sounds great! Nothing like a good hodge podge!

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Me too – I love soup :D. You both need to get on with it… :D

  22. Chica Andaluza
    June 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I love this soup – apart from looking stunning, the taste is incredible and perfect and fresh for this time of year. i do also have to confess to being rather fond of all things duck (although I wouldn’t call it a fetish :) )

    • frugalfeeding
      June 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Tanya! I do like ducks, but I wouldn’t call it a fetish either.

  23. Lonely Wife Project
    June 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I could definitely get into this!

  24. Shumaila
    June 21, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I just saw a Nigella episode where she cooks pea soup and thought to myself that I should make some. And here you go ahead and do what I should have! And I love that you added mint…slurp!

  25. Heather
    June 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Beautiful Photos! I adore fresh peas, mine should be ready in a week or two and I can’t wait…I was actually just thinking about your pea & potato quesadilla :)

    • frugalfeeding
      June 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks! I’m a little unsure about them :D. Oh yes, you should make that :)

  26. theglobalgarnishgeek
    June 23, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Great photos and recipe.

  27. kirinjirafa
    June 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love pea soup- (though it took me a while to Americanize the measurements) and figure out what “double cream” was.

  28. tanyamhudson
    June 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    So fresh and green! Yum!

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