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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Green Pea Soup

This is another quick and easy mid-week dinner. It's nice because you would usually have the ingredients on hand. I had it all ready to go, and then we took the dog for a walk and went to see the sunset on the beach. So it had to wait, but it still tasted good!


1 lb of green peas
4 cups of broth
1-2 stalks of celery (chopped)
1-2 shallots (chopped)
2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)
4-5 leaves of mint
1/2 tsp curry powder
salt & pepper


In large pot heat the olive oil and add the shallots and chopped celery until soft, about 5 minutes or so. Then add the garlic, you don't want to burn the garlic because then it will become bitter. Add the peas with curry powder, mint leaves, stir it around a little warming the peas, salt and pepper it. Add the broth, you can use 3 cups if you like a thicker soup, you can always add more if you like. As always you can adjust the seasoning to your liking and omit any, like the curry powder. I used such a small amount it didn't over take the mint in it.

Once the broth is added cook until everything is heated through and the peas are cooked.
In a blender, puree the soup in 2 batches until very smooth, being careful with the hot liquid not to splatter yourself. I used my immersion blender, but it didn't get it real smooth. The garlic was minced small enough so I didn't get big chunks of that, and I liked it with a little texture to it.

This is such a quick, easy and tasty dish! It would be a brighter green, but I didn't have any chicken or veggie broth, so I used beef broth. I was surprised it still turned out nice and fresh tasting. You can top it with yogurt, fresh mint or like I did with some crisp pancetta.

I saved some of the pancetta that I used making Pancetta Fontina Biscuits. We had the biscuits with the soup, I'll post that recipe later. Maranda liked it, she even had seconds. I always like to judge if the recipes are a success on her. Wade likes most everything except cucumbers and green peppers, so he doesn't count. (You know what I mean)
What would you serve with this soup?

You could serve the soup cold. I'm not a big fan of cold soups, so mine was hot!


  1. Beautiful! Looks like the essence of spring in soup format...oh, and that last picture, an oasis of calm...ahhhh!

  2. A bowl of cold soup by the sea, fabulous! I can only dream about that at the moment.

  3. Delicious green soup!! I think so, hot is best for a soup!!

  4. I want to bookmark this delicious soup recipe. I'm sure my boys will love this and thanks for sharing.

  5. This is such a delicious and nutritious soup! I would definitely like mine hot too. I love the last photo of the life guard house on the beach!!! So serene!!

  6. Thats a delicious bowl of Soup! I loved the colour...

  7. That is really an easy peasy soup to make but I miss a blender! :O

  8. That looks like spring in a bowl. And everything is better with pancetta!

  9. Please gimme a bowl of this delicate soup Lyndsey :D

  10. Love the colors, perfect for spring! And hot it is for me! It looks delicious!

  11. My husband would love this. He always buys split pea and ham soup when he has the chance. I assume frozen peas are ok?

  12. A beautiful spring soup, and a beautiful beach; what a great life!
    I'm with you, I don't like cold soups. this one looks fantastic!

  13. Your pea soup sounds wonderful! Will going to try this up soon. Hope you'll have a wonderful weekend!
    Regards, Kristy
    p/s hope you'll win in 'The Gypsy Chef' contest!

  14. Sure ,this sounds so simple with the simple ingredients :-)BTW I do not like cold soups too ;-)

  15. bentobird, oh thank you! I always have to throw a random photo in there!

    3HT, glad I could help your dream....

    Elle, thanks, yes it was even good after it cooled a little, but still warm

    Ann, it's quick and easy too!

    petite nyonya, Thanks, I just had to try to catch the light behind the life guard stand. I'm going back to take a photo earlier in the sunshine!

    Rachana Kothari, TY the color would be brighter if I used a vegetable broth I think.

    Tigerfish, Lol!! Yes easy peasy pea soup!

    TKW, You bet, the pancetta is what made it!

    tatabonita, here it's on it's way...

    Pam, thank you :D

    Marthaandme, that's what I used frozen peas. They worked just fine. I always have frozen peas on hand.

    Lynda, thank you, it's nice that it is so quick to make too.

    Kristy, thanks, oh you saw that on the gypsy chef...I wasn't thinking and voted for Katie who tied with!

    Gulmohar, it works really well with the simple ingredients. Easy to try!

  16. Oh i do love green peas! The soup sounds great!

  17. Great soup, beautifully presented. The pancetta puts it over the top. I agree that this soup is best served hot.


  18. This soup is so nutritious! And it's eco-friendly too! So green:D

  19. I've never made pea soup from fresh green peas, only the dried split peas. I love the flavor combinations in this recipe. Sounds delicious!

  20. I am not a fan of cold soups either, so I'll serve it hot too.

  21. This soup looks to easy to pass up. I've always made pea soup from dried split peas. I'm going to give this recipe a try.

    I love the life guard shack at the beach. A terrific way to end the post.

  22. Sook, thank you

    Lazaro, thanks, and you said it...pancetta mmmm!

    Jeannie, "green" soup ;D

    Mags, thanks, I was interested in making it because of the fresh peas and surprisingly it works.

    Laura, yes hot soup is the way to go.

    Sam, I know, I had to try it too for the peas and ease...

    The life guard hut was on Venice beach, I have a few more pics of different colors of LG shacks from Siesta.


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