A while ago I ordered pea soup in a restaurant. It was such a vibrant green colour and tasted so intensely of peas, I just had to try making something similar myself. A bit of googling suggested that making soup from both the peas and their pods was the way to go, and here's the result.
I realise this is a bit premature, as you're unlikely to have peas ready to pick in April, but I usually get around to posting recipes from home-grown produce far too late in the season to be of use to you, so thought I would get ahead here with a recipe you can bookmark for pea season in a few months time. I actually used mange tout peas here instead of pea pods, (and frozen peas in stead of freshly-picked!), and the result was really good, so you can try this out immediately with supermarket produce if you just can't wait.
The addition of a little gem lettuce was inspired by Julia Child's peapod soup which includes lettuce leaves - it adds to that green, grassy and freshly-picked flavour. Do make sure you add it right at the last minute, or you will lose its delicate flavour with cooking.
The key to the really velvety and creamy texture of this soup is either a high-speed blender, or a sieve. Pea pods are packed with flavour, but are fibrous, so a little hand-blender will leave you with tiny strings throughout the soup which aren't that nice. Sieving takes about 2 minutes so isn't too much of a chore, and the result is totally worth it. The peas add a 'creaminess' all of their own, so this tastes like it has a tub of double cream in in it, when in fact it is dairy-free and super-healthy.
I used my Froothie Optimum 9200A blender which makes light work of those little fibres and blitzed this to a creamy consistency in under a minute. Froothie have just launched a brand new blender, the G2.1 which is super-stylish for a minimalist kitchen, and every bit as powerful as my 9200A which can (apparently) grind paving stones into dust, ha!
Peapod & Little Gem Soup
- 2 tbsp rapeseed or groundnut oil
- 1 leek
- 1 onion
- 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- 300 g pea pods or mange tout peas
- 150 g fresh or frozen peas
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- handful fresh parsley, including stalks
- 1 little gem lettuce, outer leaves removed and thickly sliced
- In a large saucepan or casserole dish, heat the oil then add the onion and leek. Cook gently for 3-4 minutes until soft, then add the potato and stock, and bring to the boil for 8 minutes.
- Add the pea pods or mange tout, frozen peas and spring onions and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Pour the soup into a high speed blender, add the lettuce and parsley and blitz for 1 minute until velvety smooth. If small fibres still remain, pass through a sieve.
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