I’m going to put it out there – peas are, in my opinion, a severely underrated vegetable. They’re tasty, low calories, and as you will know from my freezer reveal, everyone always has peas in their freezer. Pea soup is one of my favourites and this easy pea soup recipe is so simple, you can have it in the bowl in ten minutes.
I’ve found over the years that working from home can lead to bad lunch choices. I’m never going to be the sort of person who forgets meals, but it’s too easy when you’re sat next to the fridge, (that’s where my desk is, I don’t just put a chair there), to graze on slices of cheese dipped in the mayonnaise jar in lieu of a Wholesome Meal.
Making a quick pea soup is an easy way to break the snack habit and pack in some vitamins and minerals. As well as being yummy, peas are high in fibre and contain vitamin C, folate and vitamin B1. If you love peas as much as me you might also enjoy these mini frittatas or this pea and pancetta pasta recipe, both of which would make an easy work-from-home lunch.
Fun pea fact: the average Brit eats 9,000 peas a year!* Challenge: why not count the number of peas you eat over the course of a year and see if your pea consumption is above or below average?
This easy pea soup recipe is just for one person, but you can easily scale it up. It makes one large bowl, (larger than the one in the picture – that’s just to look pretty), but could stretch to a bowl for lunch and a small bowl mid-afternoon.
I’ve used ingredients that you probably have already, to keep things simple. No point changing out of those freelancer pyjamas if you can help it.
Easy pea soup ingredients
- Glug of olive oil
- Half an onion, chopped
- One mug of frozen peas
- One mug of boiling water
- Vegetable stock cube
- 4-6 fresh mint leaves, chopped
(Tip: chop the other half of the onion and pop it in a bag in the freezer and use it next time you want to make this soup.)
Easy pea soup method
Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion until it’s soft. Add all of the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil, stirring well to dissolve the stock. Simmer for just a few minutes. I have a mint plant in my garden but if you don’t have any fresh mint you could use a big pinch of dried mint or just leave it out, it’s not the end of the world.
Blitz the soup in a blender or with one of those hand held ones, and serve with a dollop of yogurt or creme fraiche if you have it and a big chunk of crusty bread and butter.
And that’s my easy pea soup recipe! Now you can get back to work, feeling wholesome and smug. (And full.)
What’s your favourite ‘work from home’ lunch? Leave a comment and let me know!
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