Pea soup - Pronto!

This soup is simple, quick and delicious.  Made from ingredients that you are likely to have in the house already, it takes less than 15 mins to prepare from start to finish –  far less time than it takes to go to the supermarket, get a tin or carton of soup, go to the checkout to pay for it and then go home.  Not only do you save time but also it is cheaper than the ready-made version, more nutritious plus you know exactly what has gone into it. You do need a stick blender but these are very cheap to buy and are extremely useful in the kitchen.

Serves 4

375g frozen peas (1 medium bag)

3- 4 spring/salad onions sliced finely

500mls hot vegetable stock (a stock cube or bouillon powder made with water boiled in the kettle is fine)

1 tablespoon fresh mint or tarragon or 2 level teaspoons dried mint or tarragon

1/2 lemon

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

crème fraiche or plain yoghurt to serve (optional

  1. Put peas and finely sliced spring/salad onions in a saucepan and add hot vegetable stock – make sure peas are covered.
  2. Bring to boil and leave to simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Take off the hob and add fresh or dried herbs (mint or tarragon are good)
  4. Blitz with the hand blender until reasonably smooth. If you want a very smooth soup then you would have to pass it through a sieve.  However, the bits add texture and also fibre so ideal to leave in – unless you are on MasterChef, where Greg and John would expect it to be smooth!
  5. Add freshly ground black pepper, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice and stir in. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  6. To serve: Ladle into a warm bowl and add a swirl of plain yoghurt or crème frache and a scattering of finely chopped herbs if desired.