Did you know the average Briton eats almost 9000 peas a year? Perhaps there’s a reason your mother always told you to eat them, as they’re packed with slow-releasing carbohydrate, Vitamin C and fibre. They even contain 4.9g protein per 100g! Try them in this simple yet very delicious Pea and Mint Soup.
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 10 minutes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Knob of butter
- 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
- 700g frozen peas
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
- Handful of fresh mint leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp crème fraiche
- Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan and sauté the onion until soft and translucent. Stir in the peas and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Add the mint leaves, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, spoon out a few peas and set aside.
- Puree the soup in a blender and return to the pan along with the reserved whole peas. Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve in warmed bowls with a swirl of crème fraiche and a hunk of wholemeal bread.