soup #2 – pea & mint

Pea SoupPea soup was a complete stranger to me until I moved to the UK four years ago. The thought of turning those tiny, kind-of average green vegetables into a soup had never even crossed my mind. But since trying it for the first time 2 years ago, I have not turned back. Pea soup is delicious, healthy and cheap. Made with frozen peas it can be a year-round staple and brings some nice fresh green-ness into the depths of Scottish winter.

Serves 4 – approximate total cost: 50p (if you have homegrown mint)


  • 300g frozen peas
  • 2 sticks celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • generous handful fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • vegetable stock
  • optional: frozen spinach
  • salt, pepper,


  1. Heat a tablespoon vegetable oil in a large saucepan on medium heat
  2. Gently fry the onion and celery until the onion is translucent and the celery is starting to soften
  3. Add the peas to the pan and enough stock just to cover them (and frozen spinach if you’re using it)
  4. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the peas are completely defrosted
  5. Add the mint and blend with a stick blender

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