Fresh Pea and Mint Soup

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on April 17, 2010

 

Whenever I buy fresh spring peas in their pods, I always think of what peas and pods signify. Peas in their pods are beautiful things - six or seven tender little peas, all snuggled up safely inside the comfort of their pod. An expectant mother carrying a child, close friends, a couple living together – all peas in a pod, enjoying their togetherness.

My husband, when he is in a romantic mood will calls us  ‘two peas in a pod’. How appropriate. Two of us, living together and going through the journey of life together. Just like peas in a pod.

If you have never tried fresh peas, now is the time. Fresh green peas are in season during the spring. They are really easy to shell and cook. Fresh shelled peas are so tender, you don’t need to cook them more than 4 minutes max. In a pinch, frozen peas will be good substitute.

Fresh Pea and Mint Soup Recipe

serves about 2

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 cups fresh, shelled peas (substitute with frozen peas)
1 1/2 cups whole milk (more for thinner soup)
salt
1 cup fresh mint leaves
freshly cracked black pepper

Heat oil in a pan and add onion. Cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes or till the onions are  transluscent. Add the garlic pods and cook 1 more minutes. Add peas and saute for about 2 minutes. Add milk and salt. Simmer for 3-4 minutes or till the peas are cooked. Pour the milk and peas mixture into a blender. Add mint leaves to the blender. Blend soup as chunky or smooth as you like. (Be careful when putting hot liquids in a blender – always vent the blender lid). Serve soup with freshly cracked black pepper.

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1 Claire April 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I love your cute little pea faces, and your husband sounds like a sweetheart!

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2 Anjali April 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

What a simple and refreshing recipe! and the ‘him’ and ‘her’ peas are cute.

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3 Maaya April 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

this looks great somewhat middle-eastern with the mint in the soup.
yummy

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4 Rosa April 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

A delightfully spring-like soup! I love the pictures and the pretty bowl!

Cheers,

Rosa

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5 Nupur April 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm

The vibrant green color of your soup is a feast for the eyes!

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6 Cate April 18, 2010 at 1:54 am

I always end up buying sugar snap peas because you can eat them whole and don’t have to deal with shelling them…but I know one of these days I should buy the other kind!

This looks a lot like a soup my grandpa used to make every Christmas, but now that I think about it, I’m sure he used frozen peas (it was December after all). I think I’ll like this version more!

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7 nandini.p April 18, 2010 at 3:15 am

The two peas in the pod sure look like they are made for each other!!.
Refreshing soup!! and pretty bowl!.

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8 Laavanya April 18, 2010 at 8:13 am

This is exactly the soup I wanted to have last night except I didn’t have peas (I had just abt a quarter cup of frozen peas)…
I loved the cute couple that you drew on the peas… :) Is that you & S?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

yes, thats supposed to be the two of us. but is unhappy that his hair was not portrayed accurately :)

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9 Rachel Cotterill April 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

I love pea soup – but when I have fresh, in-season peas, I eat them raw straight from the pod!

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10 Alecia aka Bang-Bang April 18, 2010 at 11:15 am

Mmmm fresh peas! I love everything about this recipe and your beautiful photos–thanks. :) I used to have two little soup mugs that looked exactly like the crock you used! Sadly, I broke one, lost the other… sigh… do you remember where you got yours?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

oh no! sorry you broke/lost yours :( I got this one at a consignment store near washington DC..

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11 Preeti April 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Lovely soup!!! I like the idea of ‘two peas in a pod’:)

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12 Deesha April 19, 2010 at 4:48 am

Look at the fresh green color. I so want to grab that bowl

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13 Ritesh April 19, 2010 at 5:09 am

me and my best friend were always called 2 peas in a pod. she’s in India and I dont see her often now :(
Coming to the soup…love the peas raw but never tried pea soup. I just dread that it may give me a stomachache. What does it taste like though? Is it sweet like the sweet corn soup?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

It is slightly sweet, creamy and minty. Are you worried about eating raw peas? because this recipe involves cooking the peas..

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Ritesh Reply:

I guess thats what it is. Its just something thats stuck with me since childhood. I used to love eating raw peas and my mum would always say “Don’t eat too much or you’ll get a stomachache(especially for the bigger more ripe peas)”. hmmm…you got me thinking.

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14 Soma April 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

nothing like fresh peeled peas. and I love the way you look at it – a close family… sweet.

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15 Manasi April 19, 2010 at 10:50 am

Looks SO fresh! as usual awesome pictures :) loved the girl & boy pea twins!

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16 Forage April 20, 2010 at 1:18 am

So great to come across another vegetarian blog. Beautiful pics – cant wait to see the rest of your recipes.

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17 lisa April 20, 2010 at 4:47 am

Peas with mint — a great spring combination. Your soup looks pretty and simple!

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18 nena April 20, 2010 at 8:07 am

What great pictures of the soup you have, great quality And exceptional way of presenting food. I loved the recipe just by the pics.

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19 Zengirl @ heart and mind April 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I have never liked pea soup somehow, but looking at this pictures, I think I am ready to try it! I love pictures and recipes here on your blog. I have linked to 2 of your recipe on my recent post. FYI. Have been a lurker here for some time, first time posting.

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20 pavithra April 29, 2010 at 7:53 am

Ooooooh cute peas in the shell.. lovely pictures..

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21 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I never seem to be able to use my herbs before they go bad. Definitely will make this next time I have mint on hand :) .

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22 Michelle May 15, 2010 at 8:25 am

Hubby grew peas in the garden last year and only got one portion out of all his hard labour because I ate them all straight off the plant. I can’t help it! We were definitely not two peas in a pod about it. :-) This year he’s growing 4 times as many plants, so just maybe we’ll get around to trying out this soup!

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23 @devondomanski December 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Recipe looks lovely and sounds right up my alley… what originally caught my eye though was the Soup, Soup, Soup… bowls. I had these growing up. My mother continues to use them for her soup. Thanks – made the recipe extra comforting :)

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