Recipe: Mint and pea soup

11 April 2017 by
Recipe: Mint and pea soup

Mint gives this soup a wonderfully fresh taste, and it makes a perfect lunch with some bread and cheese on the side.

Perry, the estate manager at Great Dixter, once accused me of being lazy for adding whole peas, pods and all, to the pot, but I feel they give the soup more body and intensify the flavour.

For the best result, remember to chill the soup thoroughly. If I am making it for a crowd, I will put a large bowl of it in a sinkful of iced water. Note that this soup
does not freeze well.

Serves 4
50g butter
1 onion, chopped
1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
550g shelled fresh peas or thawed frozen peas
300g unpodded peas
Handful each of flat leaf parsley and mint leaves
5tbs crème fraÁ®che or sour cream
2tbs double cream
Salt and pepper
Handful of mixed fresh herbs, chopped, to garnish

Melt the butter in a large, heavy pan over a medium heat, add the onion and cook for five minutes, stirring, until it has softened. Pour in half the stock and bring to a boil.

Add the peas, shelled and unpodded, reduce the heat and simmer gently until tender (no more than three minutes for fresh peas, and about two minutes for frozen).

Remove from the heat, add the parsley, mint and remaining stock. Transfer the mixture to a blender and purée the soup until as smooth as possible (if you like
a very smooth soup, you might also want to strain it through a fine-mesh sieve).

Season with salt and pepper and let it cool, then refrigerate until really cold. When you are ready to serve, mix the crème fraÁ®che and double cream together in a small bowl. Serve the soup topped with a spoonful of the cream mixture and
sprinkled with the chopped herbs.

Recipe taken from The Great Dixter Cookbook. Photography by Andrew Montgomery

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking