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Baby Pea Soup with Mint, Basil & Chorizo Sausage

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Sweet Pea Soup with Chorizo Sausage

Sweet Pea Soup with Chorizo Sausage

S. Wongkaew

Green peas burst with nutrients such as A, B1, C and K. They're also an excellent source of iron and protein.

In this recipe the sweetness of baby peas is celebrated in a delicious soup with fresh mint and basil. For something a little different, and optional, I add chorizo sausages to the soup for a little spice.

It's best to use frozen baby peas in this recipe rather than the canned variety as they retain their natural flavor and are lower in sodium.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium chorizo sausages
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 large brown onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 5 cups of frozen baby peas
  • 3 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup of low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp sea salt & a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
  • Serves 4

Preparation:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a fry-pan over a medium heat. Add the sausages and fry for about 2-3 minutes or until they start to brown slightly. Add 1/4 cup of water to the fry pan and cover. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook for about 5 minutes. Uncover the sausages and fry for another 2 minutes, or until evenly cooked on all sides. Remove sausages from fry-pan, cool and then slice and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large soup pot over a medium heat. Saute onions until translucent - about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds. Add the frozen peas and fry until soft, for about 5 minutes.
  3. Season peas with 1 teaspoon of sea salt and a pinch of black pepper. Add stock and milk and simmer gently for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add pea soup mixture to a blender in batches and puree. Make sure you hold down the lid of the blender so the soup doesn't fly out the top.
  5. Pour pureed soup back into soup pot and simmer gently over a medium heat for 3 minutes. Add finely chopped fresh herbs and stir well. Simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Ladle into soup bowls place several slices of sausage in each bowl. Serve for fresh bread if desired.
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