Green Pea and Mint Soup - Tastes as Good as it Looks!!


I had loads of mint leaves at home after I used barely some from the large bunch I bought at the Farmer's market, and as they don't stay fresh for a long time, I knew I had to put them to good use. I searched around for some simple soup recipes, and finally decided to try it for a delicious soup, combined with peas, just perfect for detoxifying the system and enjoying the warmth of the soup in this winter chill. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant in trying the soup, but what is a chef who doesn't experiment, so I took the leap of faith and jumped right in! The result, a beautiful green-colored Pea and Mint soup, flavored mildly with onion, garlic, fennel and black pepper, and a little bit of fresh cream adding a bit to the indulgence. It serves to be a very healthy and wholesome entree on cold winter nights, and definitely puts all that extra mint to good use!!

Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion - chopped
3 garlic cloves - minced
1 tbsp fennel seeds powder - roasted (optional)
6 cups water
1 lb fresh peas - boiled
1 cup fresh mint - chopped
2 tbsp half and half
2 tbsp fresh cream - for garnish
Salt - to taste
Ground black pepper - to taste

Method
Heat the olive oil over moderate heat in a large saucepan. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for 7-10 minutes until they are soft. Then add the fennel powder

Add the water, chopped mint and the peas to the saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the half and half, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.

Now puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve hot, garnished with mint and fresh cream or croutons and feel the goodness of the taste. The soup has a lovely color and is soothing both to the eyes and the soul! Do keep in mind though that we are talking more healthy, than tasty!:) This Green Peas and Mint Soup is indeed a nice way to load up yourself with plenty of antioxidants!

Related Recipes:
Veg Hot and Sour Soup
Restaurant-style Tomato Soup


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17 comments :

Happy cook said...

Delicious pea soup.
Here it is cold weather so any soup os more than welcome.
With the mint it has to taste really refereshing

bee said...

thanks for your kind comments, mansi. have you tried drying leftover mint in the oven? 350F for 8 minutes or so. or 30-40 seconds in the microwave. they can be stored fo a long time that way.

Jessie said...

That looks totally soothing!! anything green and I have both my eyes for it:) nice and simple recipe Mansi!

-Jessie

Mansi Desai said...

HC, Jessie - thanks for the feedback!

Bee - appreciate the storage tip! will use it next time:) though I was happy I didn't know it till I made this soup or else I would never have tried it, right?:) sometimes ignorance helps!:D

Rina said...

Lovely combo, mansi. Looks gr8. Yet another soup recipe for my menu.

Red Chillies said...

This is a unique recipe, Mansi. No broth etc and a flavorful combination. A good treat to these winter nights :-)

Namratha said...

Reading this at the right time, I have loads of Mint on hand too, have to use it up! Soup looks delicious

easycrafts said...

never tried mint in soup...nice recipe..thanks for sharing

Padmaja said...

Hey mint and pea soup, i have both in my fridge so i am ready to try this one and loved bee's idea of drying mint, never knew that!!

Swaroopa said...

looks gr8!! very healthy treat too...

Nags said...

bigger pictures! bigger pictures! bigger pictures! i am going to go on strike now. they are so beautiful that we shud see more of them!

Mansi Desai said...

Nags, please don't do that:) I'm trying really...I'm posting the mid-sized ones now:) but any bigger than that would not fit in my right-hand corner, so I am constrained to use a little smaller ize...sorry my friend, but don't take out your vengeance on the recipes:)

Nams, Padmaja - let me know how it goes! good luck:)

Rina, RC, easy - thanks! it sure is a no-fuss simple yet healthy soup!:)

Jeena said...

Wow Mansi this soup looks amazing, so green and healthy too. Pea and mint go well together but with a little fennel and cream too mmmmmm yum! Great post. :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice colour and as you have said everybody will be a little bit hesitant to try out mint soup!
Great chef you are,you have tried it out and now you are enjoying the outcome!:))

Cris said...

Your last recipes are amazing Mansi, you cook just like a chef!!! You gotta be one!!!

Mansi Desai said...

Raks - yeah, sometimes your experiment just pays off, and you feel very proud to be a chef:) there are failures too...but that's how you learn:D

Jeena, Cris - thanks for your comments! I'm trying my bets here to share the joy of cooking with everyone!

Kribha said...

I've never tried a pea soup before. So, I'm unable to imagine the taste. But the presentation looks gorgeous and inviting.