Minted Spring Pea Soup Recipe

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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This week, I scored some gorgeous English green peas in my basket from SunCoast Organics.  To say I was excited is an understatement.  I love fresh English peas!  I love them so much, that I even eat them raw – right out of the pod.  When I saw how lovely and perfect these were, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them.   This Minted Spring Pea Soup is bright and vibrant, and would be a delightful addition to your Easter table.

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English green peas and mint are very simpatico.   Lucky for me, the mint in my garden is growing wild right now.   I can’t use it up fast enough!  So of course, I had to pair them together in this soup.

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Soups like this one are so easy to make.  A whole delicious, herbaceous batch can be pulled together in about thirty minutes.  The most time consuming part of the process is shelling your peas.  And, most of the ingredients you’ll need are probably already lurking in your pantry.

Aren’t these little guys cute?  They’re pea soup “shooters”.   “Pea” “shooters”.  Get it?  Hehe!   Sometimes, I crack myself up!   I topped them with a smidge of crème fraiche and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

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My original recipe calls for a little heavy cream.  But, you don’t really need it.  I didn’t use any in this batch.  The soup is very velvety and luxurious all on its own.   And without the cream, the bright, fresh flavor of the peas and mint really shine through.

I want to tell you that you can substitute frozen peas to make this soup – and you can.  But, I have to be honest.  It’s just not the same.  You can, however, make this soup with edamame.  It doesn’t have the same subtle sweetness as with the peas, but it is very good all the same.

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8 responses to Minted Spring Pea Soup Recipe

  1. On April 20, 2011 at 2:34pm, Wendy said...

    I would have peas with every meal if I could! This soup sounds lovely, thanks.

  2. On April 20, 2011 at 2:42pm, Rosa said...

    A delightful soup! So refined tasting and spring-like.

    cheers,

    Rosa

  3. On April 21, 2011 at 9:49am, Julie Costello said...

    Amazing!!!! They were sooooo good right out of the pod.

  4. On April 22, 2011 at 11:59am, The Food Hunter said...

    My mint is growing wild too right now. I just need to get me some peas.

  5. On April 25, 2011 at 11:16am, Tapety HD said...

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  6. On May 05, 2011 at 7:11am, emiglia said...

    I love, love, love fresh peas! This looks great, fresh, simple and lovely.

  7. On September 06, 2011 at 9:52pm, Debbie said...

    I love the shooters how much does it hold and where did you get then. I like the square shape too

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