Recipe: Pea, Potato & Parsley Soup with blue cheese breadcrumbs

Pea Potato & Parsley Soup

‘Grassy’ might seem like an odd flavour to rave about, but somehow the combination of peas and parsley make this bright green soup taste like springtime in a bowl.

Think of the blue cheese breadcrumbs as mini croutons with some crumbly blue cheese tossed through.  The perfect addition of crispy crunch and tangy cheese to make this very quick Pea, Potato & Parsley Soup into a hearty supper.

Pea, Potato & Parsley Soup with blue cheese breadcrumbs
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: British
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 500g frozen peas
  • 20g fresh parsley, including stalks
  • 1 slice bread
  • 50g crumbly blue cheese (I used Stilton)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the chopped onion.  Fry gently over a low to medium heat for 10 minutes, until soft and translucent.  Add the potato and stock and bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add the peas and simmer for a further 5 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Remove about a quarter of the vegetables to a bowl, and then add the parsley to the saucepan.  Using a hand blender, (or food processor or liquidizer), blend the remaining soup until completely smooth.  Tip the reserved vegetables back into the saucepan - these will provide a lovely chunky texture to the otherwise smooth soup.  Taste and season accordingly.
  4. Toast the slice of bread in a toaster or under the grill.  Using a mini-blender or food processor, blitz the toast just one or twice to create fairly large and chunky breadcrumbs, (eg. don't blitz for too long, you don't want fine breadcrumbs - a few larger lumps will add texture).
  5. Heat a further 1 tbsp olive oil in a small frying pan.  When it is very hot, add the breadcrumbs and keep moving them around until they are deeply golden brown.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  6. After the breadcrumbs have cooled in the pan for a minute or two, crumble through the blue cheese and toss through the breadcumbs.  Ladle the soup into bowls, and top each portion with a pile of breadcrumbs.  Serve immediately.
Make it Vegan: Just omit the blue cheese from the breadcrumbs.  You may want to season the breadcrumbs instead.