Friday, 30 June 2017

LUNCH INSPIRATION: Pea and Mint Soup Recipe

Lunch can be one of my favourite meals of the day, but getting stuck in a sandwich rut can be so boring. While I was at work I would have the same sandwich every single day, not exactly an exciting varied diet. So when I headed off on maternity leave I made it my mission to make lunch time more interesting, not just for me but for Isabella too. I know we're in summer, but I'm more of a soup than salad fan so have been making a whole bunch of different soups. Pea and Mint is not only a classic, but also perfect for summer because it is refreshing and light. My version is nothing ground breaking, just a quick flavourful recipe that can be made in a big batch to freeze or enjoyed straight away. I made a big batch to pop in the freezer prior to giving birth, so I knew that Isabella and I had a healthy homemade lunch option for when little one arrived.

What you'll need:
2-3 cups of Frozen Peas
1 Onion, diced
1 Clove of Garlic, finely chopped
2 Potatoes, finely diced
Vegetable Stock - I crumble in a stock cube and then add enough boiling water to cover the vegetables
Fresh Mint (to taste), finely chopped
Black Pepper
Thick Double Cream, optional
Frylight or 1 tbsp. Olive Oil

What to do:
1) Spray the Frylight or pour olive oil into saucepan over a medium heat. Add the chopped onions and potatoes and cover.
2) Fry for 10-15 minutes, stirring every now and again. Add almost all of the mint, frozen peas, garlic, black pepper and crumble in the stock cube. Stir and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3) Pour over enough boiling water to just cover the vegetables and simmer until the potatoes and peas are cooked through.
4) To make your soup smooth you could either use a hand blender or pour it into a blender. I used a blender because then I could add water while blending to create the desired consistency.
5) Once blended you can serve straight away or add back to the pan to heat through. To serve add a dollop of thick double cream/crème fraiche and the rest of the fresh mint.
What's your favourite homemade soup?

Feel free to leave a comment - I love reading every single one :)

Helen x
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14 comments

  1. This looks really delicious, I have to say its a flavour i would never choose or eat but it looks so lovely here that I could be tempted to try it.

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  2. YUM! This is my favourite soup! I'm the only one who likes it in our house so I rarely make it but I'm going to try this for sure!

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  3. This soup sounds and looks very tasty. My partner would love it.

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  4. I'm not a big fan of peas but I think this sounds delicious.

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  5. This looks delicious and perfect with a great big slab of french bread

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  6. Glad you put garlic in it! Yummy, we like cold soups in the summer but would make the exception for a hot bowl of this!

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  7. I love soup but am not keen on peas so I've pinned this to try later and see if you can convert me!

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  8. I love how the ingredients list is kept to a minimum! Absolutely hate it when the list is too long and away too many ingredients! I JUST WANT SOUP LOL!
    Love pea and mint soup though!

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  9. Ooh this looks delicious, I had pea, spinach and broccoli soup the other day which I had never tried before. So good!

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  10. Oh that looks pretty nice, I am always looking for new soup ideas

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  11. Surprisingly, we had pea, mint, and coriander soup for lunch today. This combo is always a winner.

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  12. This looks lovely. My favourite soup is chicken and pearl barley but we tend to make pea and ham soup more often than not

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  13. This looks amazing. Our favourite is butternut squash soup, but I'm sure we will try this.

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