Minted Pea Soup

by Kiran on May 19, 2015 · 27 comments

in Sides, Soups, Vegan

It’s past mid-May and I finally had a chance of twirling my fingers over fresh pea pods, shelling my miseries away. I almost gave up my dream of tasting fresh peas in season before welcoming summer.

It almost felt like this was never happening, fast enough.

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Imagine squealing in excitement when you spot a seasonal produce that you’ve been longing, all throughout the season? Don’t tell me you don’t yelp, squeal or smile ear-to-ear at your produce stand, in excitement?

Nope? Am I the only one, and shockingly, not embarrassed one bit?

True story people.

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I could easily spend copious amount of time in the produce section of a grocery store or at the farmers market. Its my “therapeutic” playground. The colors of fresh produce draws me in. Meal planning happens instantaneously and almost every single time, I end up spending more than what I initially planned.

Whoopsies!!

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Let’s get on with the recipe. I’m done blabbering, at least for now.

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of peas, shelled
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 small potato, peeled & diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 whole sprig of mint, leaves only
  • 2 cups vegetable stock, low sodium
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

optional: thick coconut cream for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat a deep saucepan on medium. Add 1 tbsp of unsalted butter.
  2. Once butter melts, add minced shallot and diced potato. Fry for 2 minutes or until shallots are translucent. Do not brown shallots or potato.
  3. Sprinkle in minced garlic cloves, salt, black pepper and a spring of fresh mint (leaves only). Cook for a minute before adding fresh peas and vegetable stock.
  4. Cook the soup until stock begins to simmer gently. Remove saucepan from heat, add lemon juice, adjust seasonings and stir to combine.
  5. With a hand-blender/food processor/regular blender, puree the soup until smooth.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with a drizzle of coconut cream, mint leaves and fresh steamed peas.

 

Minted Pea Soup | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
Off to squeal at the possibilities of more fresh peas. Its never enough, so we are savoring it as much as possible!

What are your favorite recipes for peas? Do you stick to your grocery budget while shopping?

 

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1 Rosa May 19, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Seasonal produces excite me and going to the farmers’ market makes me happy.

This soup looks devine and your pictures are beautiful.

Cheers,

Rosa
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2 Kiran June 19, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Thanks Rosa! So true about farmers markets, especially in the summers 🙂

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3 Ina Gawne May 19, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Yummm this looks so fresh and so so good! We love soups of all kinds. Love the fresh mint and coconut cream…perfect spring soup!
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4 Kiran June 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Thanks Ina 🙂

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5 Raymund May 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Nice soup looks delicious and fresh tasting, Love it
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6 Kiran June 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Thanks Raymund!

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7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 19, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Fresh peas and mint go so well together. I love this soup!
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8 Kiran June 19, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Thanks Laura! So true 🙂

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9 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health May 19, 2015 at 7:35 PM

i have been looking for rhubarb for so long…hopefully this year, i will get some in Dallas.

pea and mint sounds like a wonderful combination..and about grocery budget, it just depends on my mood i think. sometimes i stick to my shopping list and other times, i get lost into cheese and wine section and you know what happens after that.
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10 Kiran June 19, 2015 at 9:47 PM

Dixya — I’ve seen rhubarb recently, but it was exorbitantly expensive that I just skipped by.

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11 Angie@Angie's Recipes May 20, 2015 at 10:43 PM

What a beautiful and refreshing soup! I love pea soup, but can never find the fresh one, not even in our market. Maybe I should just grow some next year. As always, your pictures are gorgeous!
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12 Kiran June 19, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Thanks Angie. Yes, fresh and in season produce is sometimes very difficult to source. Good luck with the gardening. Sounds like a fab plan 🙂

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13 Juliana May 20, 2015 at 11:25 PM

This pea soup with mint sounds and looks delicious…I love the beautiful green color of it!
Hope you are having a great week Kiran 🙂

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14 Kiran June 19, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Thanks Juliana, have a fab weekend 🙂

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15 Shibi@FlavzCorner May 21, 2015 at 1:25 PM

The pea soup looks fabulous!! Its not in the market yet for us.
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16 Kiran June 20, 2015 at 12:23 AM

Shibi — hopefully soon!

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17 Lizzie May 22, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Don’t worry I also scream in thrill when seeing a rare produce I’ve been craving for so long! And this Minted Pea soup looks like a good candidate as my new favourite comfort food.
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18 Ash-foodfashionparty May 22, 2015 at 8:13 PM

I am always jumping and grinning when I visit the farmers market and find something I found in a while.
Loving this fresh pea soup, the addition of mind and lemon sound so clean and yum.
I never stick to the list..although I should:).
Your pictures are beautiful as usual.

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19 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ May 24, 2015 at 7:38 AM

You’re not alone, I squeal too when I see peaches, for example 🙂 Love the idea of pea soup, not sure if I ever had one. I’d love to give it a try!
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20 Daniela May 26, 2015 at 2:11 PM

I love pea soup and the combination with mint and lemon sounds delicious and very refreshing.
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21 Carol at Wild Goose Mama May 27, 2015 at 7:58 PM

Definitely want the thick coconut cream. Delicious and beautiful!
Fresh peas—yum. Mint grows in my garden. I love using it too.
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22 Helene D'Souza May 28, 2015 at 11:59 AM

yum garnished with coconut cream, this can only be a dinner favorite. I like mutter paneer, otherwise I am not much of a pea person except if served with a delicious sauce.

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23 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 28, 2015 at 2:12 PM

I love good bowl of pea soup! What a great idea to add mint in the soup! I love the green color… really appetizing and refreshing look!
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24 Karen (Back Road Journal) May 30, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Your soup looks fresh and delicious. Love the vibrant green color.
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25 Lizzie {Strayed Table} June 5, 2015 at 8:45 PM

We have been shelling peas here for a few months now, we have just had a bumper crop of them and didn’t even think to put them into soup. I often use the shells in stir-fries – I don’t like wasting a single bit. I often get excited about apricots when they are in season as I can’t grow them where I live but down south they do and when they are back on the shelves I like to buy as many as I can. mmm
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26 Judit + Corina @Glamorous Bite June 17, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Fresh pea and mint is heavenly together! Looks beautiful and vibrant, Kiran 🙂
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