Soup gets a refreshing and nutrient-rich upgrade with this delicious Mint Pea Soup recipe. The flavors are light and refreshing and make for a perfectly filling meal!
You’ve heard of split pea soup, but what about mint pea soup? This incredibly refreshing and nutrient-rich soup is just the dish to fuel you up and leave you feeling nice and hydrated. I love to load it up with onion, because what dish isn’t better with loads of onion? I’ll wait…
Okay, enough about the onion. Let’s talk more about the mint and peas. It may come as a shocker, but the two ingredients are actually quite divine when paired together. Something about the sweetness of the peas mixed with the minty freshness of the mint is just… *chef’s kiss.*
To top it all off, I recommend adding a nice scoop of parmesan cheese followed by a drizzle of crème fraîche. With that, say hello to a seriously creamy and satisfying soup!
Ingredients in Mint Pea Soup
This mint and pea soup recipe uses all standard ingredients. Everything can be found right at your grocery store, and most of the items are likely already lining your pantry and refrigerator shelves! As for the crème fraîche, that can typically be found with the gourmet cheeses.
- Butter: First up is 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. You can use salted if necessary, but I would omit the added salt later on if you go this route.
- Onion: 1 medium white onion is just enough for 4 servings of soup. Dice it up into small pieces before adding, and don’t be afraid to throw in a little extra if you’re in the mood for extra flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Garlic: Next, add flavor by using 2 cloves of minced garlic.
- Peas: Finally, the peas! You will need 4 cups of either fresh or frozen. Divide them for using in the amount of 3 cups and 1 cup – 1 part for blending, 1 part for leaving whole! Citrus, step aside, did you know peas are a good source of Vitamin C?!
- Mint: 1 cup of roughly chopped mint will add the perfect minty fresh flavor to the soup.
- Broth: 4 cups of vegetable broth (divided) will add to the density of the soup and create the perfect thickness.
- Salt & Pepper: Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
- To Serve: Finally, finish off the soup by sprinkling on a layer of parmesan cheese and/or drizzling some crème fraîche on top!
Like salads, soups can often be made even better with the addition of fresh croutons. If you’d like to sprinkle some perfectly crunchy bread pieces in your soup, I recommend this easy 15-minute homemade crouton recipe!
How to make This pea and Mint Soup
A recipe that’s delicious, easy, and one-pot?! It’s a no-brainer. This recipe is made in just one stove pot and is ready in 30 minutes. It makes for a great beginner soup!
Step 1: Create the flavor base
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Soupify the dish
Add 3 cups of the peas, the mint, and 2 cups of the broth to the pot (reserve the remaining 1 cup of peas). Cover and let the pot gently simmer for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Blend the ingredients
Using a handheld immersion blender (or by carefully transferring to a countertop blender), blend the soup until smooth. If using a countertop blender, leave the lid ajar to allow the steam to escape.
Step 4: Assemble the dish
Return the soup to the pot. Then, add the remaining 1 cup of peas and 2 cups of broth. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
Step 5: Garnish and serve
Serve hot, optionally served with parmesan cheese and crème fraîche.
Soup makes a great save-for-later meal. Allow the soup to cool before adding it to an airtight container. If eating soon (within a couple of days) store the soup in the refrigerator.
To freeze, add to an airtight container and store for up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, allow the soup to thaw before reheating on the stove.
When it comes to serving up pea soup, I recommend pairing it with something crunchy and nutrient-rich, something savory and filling, or… bread! Here are my top recommendations.
- If you’re in the mood for something crunchy and refreshing, pair your mint pea soup with Zucchini Corn Salad or Thai Cucumber Salad.
- For a savory and filling pairing, Pressed Eggplant Sandwiches and Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheeses make great options!
- Lastly, you can’t go wrong with gold ol’ bread. This Vegan Garlic Bread is mouth watering!
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 28 g
- 1 medium white onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 cups peas fresh or frozen, divided, 680 g
- 1 cup roughly chopped mint about 18 g
- 4 cups vegetable broth divided
- Salt and pepper to taste
- To serve: parmesan cheese and/or crème fraîche
- Flavor Base: Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cooking until onion is soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
- Soupify: Add 3 cups of the peas (reserve other 1 cup), mint, and 2 cups of the broth. Cover and bring to a gentle simmer for 10 minutes.
- Blend: Using a handheld immersion blender (or by carefully transferring to a countertop blend), blend the soup until smooth. (If using a countertop blender, leave the lid ajar to allow steam to escape).
- Assemble: Return soup to the pot and add remaining 1 cup of peas and remaining 2 cups of broth. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.
- Serve: Serve hot, optionally serves with parmesan cheese and crème fraîche.