Pea and Mint Soup

Fresh peas are one of my favorite summer vegetables, and I couldn’t believe it when I realized last week that I hadn’t bought any yet. I eat frozen peas year round (I just can’t get enough), but there’s nothing like the sweetness and pop of a fresh pea. I was also all excited about my new Vitamix, so a pea soup came to mind immediately.

I had planned on just winging it until Matt reminded me that there’s a very simple pea and mint soup recipe in one of our favorite cookbooks, Salt to Taste by Marco Canora. As much as I love to wing it, I never regret making one of his recipes. They’re always simple and fresh, yet elegant. This recipe in particular calls for just peas, onion, water, and butter. Because I love mint with peas, and had bought a huge bunch of it, I modified the recipe to include it.

This recipe really lets the peas shine, with just a slight sweet onion flavor in the background. I thought the mint provided an extra dimension of fresh flavor. We ate the soup cold because it was one of those 90+ degree days, but it would certainly be just as good hot.

Pea and Mint Soup

Slightly adapted from recipe by Marco Canora

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 cups shelled peas
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • Handful of fresh mint
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Blanch the peas for about 90 seconds, or until they are bright green. Shock in cold water. When cool, drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions, season, cover, and sweat them until they are soft but not yet browned. Add the drained peas and season again. Add the boiling water and cook the peas and onions over high heat until they are soft, or about 3 minutes.

While the peas are cooking, set up another bowl with ice and water. Transfer the cooked pea and onion mixture to a metal bowl and place the container in the ice water. Stir the mixture so that it cools quickly.

Puree the soup, adding some mint and about a cup of water along the way, until it reaches your desired constancy.

Serve hot or cold, with additional mint for garnish.

What are your favorite ways to use fresh peas?

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