Ever since the Rescuers Down Under, which I watched repeatedly from the age of 8 onwards, I have been enthralled with the idea of pea soup. All they needed was one pea, and lots of little contraptions for their little mouse restaurant on top of a chandelier in a fancy restaurant.
Mi padre has been very busy in the garden, growing all kinds of veg- arugula, zucchinis, peas, chilis, tomatoes, eggplant, swiss chard, onion, kale, etc. This week we had peas coming out of our ears, and while shelling peas is a tedious task, its alright if you’ve got a mum to work on the task at hand with you. Don’t throw the pea shells out, use them to make some good pea stock.
The best way to use up peas is pea soup!!! Stick a soft boiled egg on it for good measure.
Fresh Pea Soup with fingerling Potatoes, Basil and Mint
Peas! Lots and lots of Peas. I think I had about 4 cups worth of shelled Peas
2 Cups Veggie Broth
3 Cups of Potatoes, chopped up into 1/2″ cubes
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1/2 White Onion- skinned
1/2 Cup White Wine
Red Chili Flakes
Optional: Parmesan Reggiano
Shell the peas. In a very large pot, throw in the (washed) pea shells, some basil leaves and stalks, some mint leaves and stalks, and 1/2 an onion in with a litre of water, bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for about an hour. Once reduced, strain and add in some veggie broth and white wine.
In another large pot, add some olive oil and saute the chopped up shallots. Add in the potatoes and cook a minute before combining with the pea stock. Simmer covered for about 10 minutes before adding in the peas. Once cooked about 5 mins, add the lemon juice, some more fresh basil, more fresh mint, red chili flakes, and season well with salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and blend in a food processor or using an immersion blender. The soup should seem quite creamy because of the potatoes. At this point, add some more pepper and lemon if it tastes to sweet, or some salt if necessary. Add in the parmesan reggiano if you want some. Soft boil the eggs and peel off the shell, arrange on top.