RecipesVegeterian

Fresh Local Pea Soup

Calories Per 100g Serving
64 calories

Yield
4 Servings

Total Cooking Time
0 Hours 40minutes

Fresh pea soup is definitely one of my favorite soups.  I love doing this soup all throughout the peas growing season as there is nothing better than the taste of fresh peas, just try to stay away from eating half of the peas as you remove them from their pods :D.  Peas are a cold climate crop hence they are generally planted immediately after the ground has warmed enough to be worked and will be ready to enjoy by the middle or end of spring or early summer, depending on the climate of the country you live in.  I find that peas are the sweetest in the middle of the growing season when the sun gets a bit hotter. When buying peas you will notice that not all the pods taste the same and you can slowly start to distinguish just by looking at the pods which will be sweeter. In the middle to the end of the growing season when pea price drops you can buy in bulk and freeze so you can enjoy this soup in winter using local produce. Apart from being so incredible tasty, peas are extremely healthy as they are high in protein and dietary fibre and low in fat thus making them ideal if you are looking to lose weight hence you want a low calorie filling meal or just staying healthy and energized.

Ingredients

  • 2kgs Peas (still in the pod)
  • 3 Large Onions
  • 20g Butter
  • 300ml Water
  • 2 Chicken Cubes or Chicken Broth
  • 300ml Low Fat Coconut Milk
  • Salt and Pepper  to Taste
  • Pea Shoots or Fresh Parsley to Garnish

Cooking Instructions

  1. Remove fresh peas from their pods and set aside in a large bowl. Keep some aside for garnish.
  2. Peel and roughly chop the onions.
  3. Add the butter and the onions in a large sauce pan and slowly start to cook on a low heat until nice and soft.  Start adding some salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add the peas to the onion and continue to cook for another 5 minutes on low heat until the peas slightly start to soften.
  5. Add the water and chicken cubes or broth and simmer for 10-15min on low heat until half of the liquid evaporates.
  6. After the water has reduced in quantity add the low fat coconut milk and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. Bring soup off the heat, allow to cool slightly and blend with an immersion blender.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Finish off by plating the soup, add a dash of coconut milk, pea shoots or fresh parsley and some peas on top to garnish.
  10. OPTIONAL in a non stick or ceramic pan fry separately a small amount of collar bacon and add to a portion of soup.

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