Pea and Mint Soup
I am working in a school where we made this soup as part of a hospitality project and it was delicious. The children didn’t fancy it, because it was a bit different but they all loved it.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 large spring onions, sliced
- 1 rasher of bacon, chopped
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 675g shelled fresh or frozen peas
- 1 round lettuce, chopped large
- 1 handful of freshly chopped mint
- salt& freshly ground pepper
4 tbsp double cream
fresh mint sprigs
1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the spring onions, garlic, and bacon and gently cook for 5-7 minutes or until the spring onions are soft but not brown.
2. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Add the peas, bring back to the boil and reduce to simmering point. Stir in the lettuce and mint. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.
3. Blend the soup mixture in a liquidiser or hand blender until smooth. Season to taste. If using a liquidiser do not overfill your container and cool the soup mixture slightly before blending. Pour into a large bowl and allow to cool. Cover and chill for four hours or overnight.
4. To serve, spoon the soup into chilled soup bowls. Spoon a tablespoon of the cream into the soup and top with a sprig of mint before serving.
The soup is also suitable served hot.