I love recipes and foods that are simple, quick and pretty much fool proof. And you really couldn’t get more idiot-proof than this minty pea soup recipe. There are 3 main ingredients, and it takes less than 20 minutes to prep, cook and blitz. So honestly, what could be simpler?!
Thankfully, mint is very accessible and can be bought fresh in most supermarkets. I also used frozen peas, as I find they are often fresher than fresh peas since they are frozen so close to the time when they are picked.
And if you are feeling indulgent, you can always replace the reduced fat crème fraiche with full-fat (or even bolder, with cream) and drizzle with some olive oil. But to be honest, it is just as delicious as it is.
- Large handful of mint leaves (removed from the stalks)
- 600g frozen peas
- 120ml crème fraiche (reduced fat)
- Lean bacon slices (optional)
- In a large saucepan, bring around 700ml of water to the boil and add tsp of salt
- Add the mint leaves and peas, cooking at high heat for a few minutes, until the peas are just tender (they should be a bright green colour)
- Stain the peas and mint and keep the water and let the peas/mint cool in the saucepan for a few minutes (this is to stop them continuing to cook in the hot water)
- Add enough water to just cover the peas/mint and blend with a hand blender (if you have a food processor, even better) – you should be using most of the water for this
- Blend to smooth puree (adding more water if necessary)
- Season with pepper, and a little more salt if required
- Add most of the crème fraiche and blitz until just combined
- Place in four bowls and garnish with some crisp, lean bacon that you have grilled
(If you are following the Unislim plan, this recipe is 1 YUM per serving)
If you’re still not convinced, here’s a few of the benefits of the powerhouse that is the garden pea:
Weight management: Peas are low fat but are little powerhouses of nutrition. A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber and micronutrients.
Anti-aging, strong immune system, and high energy: Peas contain a high level of antioxidants, which prevent aging, aid the immune system and provide energy
Blood sugar regulation: High fibre and protein slow down how fast sugars are digested.
Healthy for the environment: Peas are one of the best plants to grow to keep soil healthy and reduce the need for fertilizers
Prevent constipation: Enough said 😉