As spring begins, I immediately start to think of the peas and the fava beans that are about to arrive. This pea soup is the first soup of the new season and combines these with asparagus, spring onions and mint.
The arrival of a new season always brings with it the desire to start cooking with the vegetables and fruits that I know will start to appear in the markets. Spring and autumn are the most exciting in this regard as they bring with them a greater change in the type and variety of produce as well as the kind of meals I feel like preparing. As it is still cold and the rain seems to have come to stay, a warm soup is still a good option, although replacing the typical winter cabbage with peas (or fava beans) that appear, for a limited time, during these days.
This pea soup is quick to prepare and takes only peas (you can use frozen), asparagus, leek, spring onion and mint, so it is also a rather light option, as well as tasty.
Pea and asparagus soup
As spring begins, I immediately start to think of the peas and fava beans that are about to arrive. This soup is the first of the new season and combines peas with asparagus, spring onions and mint.
- 300 g asparagus
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 leek (white part only) cut into thin slices
- 1 spring onion cut into thin slices, including the green fronds
- 800 g peas
- 900 ml chicken broth (or water) hot
- Fresh mint leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fold each asparagus spear individually until it breaks. Discard the bottom and roughly cut the rest, reserving the tips for garnishing.
In a pan, heat the olive oil and add the leek and onion. Season with a pinch of salt and sauté over medium heat until the vegetables soften, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the chopped asparagus and 600 g of peas. Add the hot broth, or water, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 15 minutes.
Add the mint leaves (save some for the end) and puree using an immersion blender (or food processor). Add the remaining peas and asparagus tips and cook for another 8 minutes.
Serve your pea and asparagus soup immediately, garnished with freshly ground black pepper and chopped mint leaves.
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