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Peasy Easy Sweet Pea and Mint Soup

“What a pretty bright color! Wow! This is delicious!” Delicately flavored peasy easy sweet pea and mint soup—it blows them away.

Easy Sweet Pea and Mint Soup | Letty's Kitchen

Easy peasy. Simply simmer sweet peas with fresh herbs and puree until smooth. You can use frozen or fresh peas. Complement the sweet pea flavor with dollops of tangy goat cheese. For floating decoration, tear fresh mint and basil leaves, and if you have them, crunchy fresh peas. Thin slices of fresh snow peas also look pretty on top.

fresh peas and herbs for Easy Sweet Pea and Mint Soup | Letty's Kitchen

Cruising around the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market for inspiration, I bought a bag of peas to shell, to sprinkle on salads or something. Right after that I passed a booth where a couple of pre-teen kids were scooping fresh peas into pound-size plastic see-through bags. I stopped in my tracks–already shelled peas! “Who shells your peas?”, I asked. They answered, “We’ve got a small combine machine, these were picked this morning.” Sold!

How cool is that? Fresh shelled peas, as many as you want, without the pain of opening each pod and dumping out the peas, pod by pod. Peasy easy. Pick up some mint and basil—soup’s on.

Surprise them–on hot summer days serve this pea soup chilled. After you puree the soup, chill quickly, over ice. People don’t expect cold soup, and at first spoonful, they’re purring in delight.

Peasy Easy Sweet Pea and Mint Soup details and notes:

  • Make this soup year round using frozen peas. You will need some frozen peas for the bright green color, even when fresh peas are in season. For the fresh to frozen pea ratio, see recipe below.

Easy Sweet Pea and Mint Soup | Letty's Kitchen

  • Substitute sour cream or crème fraîche for the goat cheese.
  • Make it vegan: Dollop the soup with soy yogurt, or sprinkle with coarsely chopped cashews.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the soup right in the pot.
  • A small amount of fresh tarragon adds a pleasing anise note to the soup. Don’t simmer the tarragon in the soup–add at the end, when you puree everything together.
  • If you have access to frilly pea shoots or pea tendrils, use them as garnish too.
  • My friend had some lemony sorrel in her garden, so I added a few sorrel leaves. Be judicious, as sorrel darkens when cooked and can change the soup color.
  • Adapted from a recipe in Maria Elia’s The Modern Vegetarian cookbook.

#Eat Seasonal:

This month’s seasonal produce list from Becky of The Vintage Mixer blog inspired this recipe. That, and finding fresh shelled peas at the Farmer’s Market!

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Easy Sweet Pea and Mint Soup | Letty's Kitchen
Peasy Easy Minty Pea Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Make with fresh or frozen peas--but use at least one quarter frozen peas for the bright green color. Serve this easy soup hot or chilled. Makes about 4 ½ cups, serves 4 to 6.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Letty Flatt | Letty's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped (heaping ½ cup)
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen green peas plus 6 ounces frozen green peas
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons lightly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Goat cheese , sour cream or crème fraîche, as needed
  • Fresh shelled peas , or sliced snow peas
  • Mint and basil leaves , for garnish
  • Optional: pea shoots or tendrils
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium flame. Sauté the onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Do not let the onions brown.
  2. Add the first pound of peas, the water, the first ¼ cup of mint, the basil, and the salt. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer 10 minutes. (If you are using only frozen peas, simmer 20 minutes.) 

  3. Stir in the frozen peas and the remaining fresh herbs. Cook just until the second batch of peas are tender and hot.

  4. Puree the soup using an immersion blender, or in batches in a regular blender.
  5. Serve cold, or hot, with dollops of goat cheese or swirls of sour cream and fresh peas or snow peas. Decorate with fresh mint and basil leaves.
Recipe Notes
  • To serve cold: Fill a large bowl with ice and nest the saucepan of hot soup in it. Stir occasionally until the soup is cold. (Alternatively, transfer the soup to a metal bowl and nest that in the ice bowl.)
  • Substitute vegan yogurt, sour cream, or crème fraîche for the goat cheese.

14 comments

  • Love the name of this soup! So cute. And the goat cheese in here sounds incredible! I’m sold! Reply · 11 July, 2016

    • Thanks Liz. I couldn’t resist the peasy twist of words! Reply · 11 July, 2016

  • Liren

    I can just taste the freshness! Tarragon is something I’ve been obsessed with, so I love that you’ve added it to this soup, along with the mint and the goat cheese! Reply · 11 July, 2016

    • Glad you like it Liren! Reply · 13 July, 2016

  • Your green soup is a beautiful sight. GREG Reply · 11 July, 2016

    • And wait ’till you taste it Greg! Delicious!! Reply · 13 July, 2016

  • I look forward to fresh peas every year at my farmer’s market, and when I can buy them shelled I love them even more! This is such a gorgeous green color, Letty, and it sounds so fresh with that mint! Reply · 12 July, 2016

  • I think I bought peas from the same guys – Peterson Family Farms I think! Shelled is definitely a win for me. I used them in every meal for several days 🙂 Reply · 12 July, 2016

    • Yes–what a treat to find fresh shelled peas. I wish I had more right now! Reply · 13 July, 2016

  • I never make cold soups as often as I should, but this seriously looks SO gorgeous I need to give it a try asap! Love loooooove the color! Reply · 13 July, 2016

    • Cold soups are so wonderful on those hot summer days! Thanks Sarah–I hope you like the soup! Reply · 13 July, 2016

  • Cold soups are so underrated. Aside from gazpacho I almost never see them on restaurant menus. It’s a shame. This is gorgeous- the colors, the ingredients, the ease. Cheers! Reply · 16 July, 2016

    • Thanks Kelley! Hope you are enjoying your summer! Reply · 17 July, 2016

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