Easy Peasy Pea & Mint Soup

21 02 2011


I KNOW this doesn’t sound very appetising, and it’s very loudly green, but I love this soup. It’s fresh, funky and really can be on the table in 20 minutes. Perfect for meat-free Mondays or Summery any-days.

Serves 4 | Preparation time 5 minutes | Cooking time 15 minutes

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced (you can use regular potatoes if preferred)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
800ml vegetable or chicken stock
4 cups frozen peas
4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
150ml plain fat free yoghurt
Generous pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

WHAT TO DO
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot, add the onions, potato and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add the stock, bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes until the potato is soft.
2. Add the peas and simmer for 3 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the mint, sugar, lemon juice and most of the yoghurt, leave to cool for a few minutes then blend.
3. Garnish with a dollop of the remaining yoghurt, a few whole peas and a little chopped mint.
* You can serve this cold or hot. For hot re-heat before serving but do not boil.
* I think the ideal way to eat this is with a side of toasted ciabatta, drizzled with olive oil and then topped with parmesan slivers or goats cheese.

POST SCRIPT

I should also mention that I’m still a little starry-eyed from the fabulous Food Bloggers Indaba 2011 here in Cape Town yesterday – I loved catching up with all my blogging crushes, putting faces to names and brainstorming how to be better in 2011. And there was some jolly good food and wine thrown in for good measure as well of course.

And let us not forget the incredible goodie bags from some amazing sponsors, who we are all extremely grateful to…

A voucher from Wang Thai Restaurant
The ever-funky people over at Yuppiechef and their partners Wusthof
My new friends at Pesto Princess
Woolworths TASTE Magazine – and a presentation from Abigail Donnelly herself nogal
Eat In and Eat Out Magazines
A brilliantly witty book titled ‘The People’s Guide to navigating the winelands in a shopping trolley’ by gurus Michael Olivier and Neil Pendock. Michael also presented a wine tasting and introduced me to my new fave Gewurztraminer, Barista Pinotage and Le Bonheur Prima 2007 wines
Olive oils and other goodies from Verlaque
The Food Lovers Market people gave us one of their beautiful down-to-earth cook books
Wines from Deetlefs and Wine Lover’s Collection

And more! Lucky us.

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11 responses

21 02 2011
ms_kamini

Will definitely be giving this a go next week…or maybe even tonight. I love the sweet potato addition.

23 02 2011
Susan Newman

Hi Sarah,
As I am back from paradise (western cape of South Africa) and plunged into winter, think this soup a great way to keep connected to my time there.
Loved seeing you even for a moment. Best to you in all your current endeavors.
Smiles, Susan

24 02 2011
afoodieliveshere

Hi Susan! Thanks for your note, I hope you love it if you try it, and may it warm your heart as well as your hands. So sorry I only saw you so fleetingly while you were in SA, would have loved to catch up properly. At least we know there will be a next time! Take care, Sarah x

21 02 2011
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22 02 2011
arcadia

Looks super refreshing!

23 02 2011
Marisa

Such a classic combo, how could you go wrong? And I actually *like* the colour – very fresh.

23 02 2011
afoodieliveshere

Ha, thanks! You must be one of the very few!

7 03 2011
Marina

Hi Lara, just sent you a mail about this post (wearing my Yuppiechef hat) and then clicked that you are YOU (i.e. my wine tasting friend from FBI). Hello 🙂

11 03 2011
Jeanne @ CookSister!

Oooh, I love this! love the shallow depth of field and the creamy look of the soup. Can imagine this woudl be divine chilled in the hot summer weather we had while I was in CT! 😉

15 03 2011
afoodieliveshere

Thanks Jeanne! And thanks so much for visiting my blog, I am honoured! Sorry for the late reply, have been in Joburg for the past 5 days and didn’t get to my computer. Hope you are happily settled back in. Take care x Sarah

23 01 2012
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