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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pea soup with mint and goat cheese

Ok, Pea soup isn't necessarily the most exotic dish around, but I really like it on a cold day, and I think I've found a combination of ingredients that go well together, so here goes.

Note that my recipe isn't vegetarian, but it's easy to modify for a vegetarian version. The following makes two cups.


  • ½ Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp ginger & garlic paste
  • 1½ cup chicken stock (use vegetable stock for a veggie option)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp goat cheese
  • 1 Tbsp mint leaves chopped up
  • 1½ cup peas (I used frozen peas)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan
  2. Lower the heat and add the ginger & garlic paste and fry for 10-20 seconds
  3. Add in the stock, water and salt and turn up the heat
  4. Before it comes to a boil, add in the goat cheese and stir till it dissolves
  5. Once the mixture starts to boil, add in the peas. If frozen, add a few at a time to avoid a sudden change in temperature
  6. Bring to a boil again and lower heat to medium
  7. Stir in mint leaves
  8. Turn heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes
  9. Serve with croutons
Some people don't like their peas whole. If you don't, then put the mixture into the blender after step 7.

It came out better than I'd expected. The goat cheese and mint flavours worked well together.