Gay Cook’s Fresh Pea Soup with Mint or Dill

by Gay Cook

This pea soup is a winner for any season even in winter with the bright green pea colour flavoured with a fresh herb. A refreshing soup that can be served hot or cold.

 

makes 6  servings

  • 3 cups/750 mL fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 medium-sized onion, peeled, chopped
  • 2 to 3 fresh mint stalks or dill sprigs
  • 2 cups/500 mL chicken stock
  • 1 cup/250 mL milk and or cream
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste

Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup/125 mL toasted or fried croutons-optional
  • 1 tbsp/15 mL finely chopped mint or dill
  • In saucepan, bring to boil, peas, onions, mint or dill and stock.  Simmer 6 to 8 minutes.  Puree. If desired, sieve to remove pea husks. Reheat; add milk and or cream. Season. To serve, garnish with croutons, mint or dill.

Croutons:

  • 1/2 cup/125 mL small bread cubes without crusts
  • 1 tbsp/15 mL butter

In frying heat butter and saute bread cubes until golden and crisp, stirring constantly. Or, place bread cubes on a bake sheet, sprinkle on melted butter and bake in 375 F/190 C oven for 10 minutes or until croutons are golden and crisp.