Green Pea Soup
N.B. This blog is also available in Finnish and you’ll find it here
As you may have noticed, we eat a lot of soups in our household. There’s no specific reason for that. Soups just are so easy and quick to prepare, and they are light but filling enough to eat as a dinner. This Green Pea Soup will be ready to eat in less than half an hour and you can prepare it the day before, if you know, that it’s going to be a busy day ahead. The excellence of this soup lies in the fact, that it tastes just as good cold as hot, so it’s ideal for the warm summer days.
One reason, why this soup is amazing, is the nutrition behind these little green beauties. Peas are full of vitamin K, B vitamins, minerals and high quality protein. They also provide you some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, help with blood sugar regulation and type 2 diabetes because of their great fiber content. Overall, these green gems pack a punch of nutrition and flavor, which you should not dismiss!
INGREDIENTS (4 servings):
2 large leeks
1-2 teaspoons of dried thyme
600g frozen peas (or fresh if available)
12 dl chicken or vegetable broth
freshly ground black pepper
oil for frying
parsley on top of the soup for garnish
• Cut the onions and leeks into rings. In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately-low heat. Add the onions and leeks, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until softened, it takes about 5 minutes.
• Add the broth, and thyme and let simmer for approx. 5 minutes.
• Add the peas and continue cooking for a few minutes more, just until the peas are defrosted. Meanwhile, squeeze the juice from the limes.
• Puree the soup with a hand blender or in a blender until very smooth and season it with lime, salt and pepper.
• If serving hot, ladle into bowls and add some parsley on top of each bowl. If serving cold, transfer to the fridge to chill.