Friday, March 7, 2014

In The Kitchen - Fresh English Pea Soup with Mint

English pea soup with Mint

I'm starting to get in a springtime mood and was excited to see fresh English peas available again at Trader Joe's this week.  My first thought was to make risotto, but my mind quickly switched to soup and I'm glad it did - the result was delicious!

This recipe is super easy and quick to make.  It would be great for any upcoming St. Patty's Day events as well.  Enjoy!

Fresh English Pea Soup with Mint
recipe by:  Laura Jolna
adapted from:  Ina Garten's Fresh Pea Soup
Prep Time:  5 min
Cook Time:  10 min
Makes:  approx 4 servings

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (my favorite is McEvoy Ranch)
  • 10 oz bag of english peas
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced small 
  • 2-3  cups low sodium chicken stock (I use Trader Joe's)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • Greek yogurt for topping (I use 0% Fage)
    • In a medium dutch oven or soup pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat and add onion.  Sauté until onions are translucent, approx 5 minutes.
    • Add chicken stock and bring to a boil
    • Add English peas and cook until tender, approx 2 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and stir in salt, pepper and chopped mint.
    • Blend soup until smooth with a hand blender or regular blender.  If soup is too thick, add more chicken stock and blend to the desired consistency.  
    • Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped mint.  Enjoy!
    • If you can't find fresh peas, you can substitute with frozen.  I recommend using sweet peas if you can't find frozen English peas.
    • Add more or less chicken stock depending on your preference.  I tend to like a thicker soup and used 3-1/2 cups when I made the recipe.
    If you have the Paprika recipe app and would like to download the recipe, please email me and I'll send it to you in the correct format.
    Buon Appetito!

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