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Pea soup with mint and crème fraîche

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast recipe for pea soup with mint and crème fraîche.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 4 - 6
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Pea soup with mint and crème fraîche
This spring-fresh soup is beautiful served hot or chilled - refrigerate for a couple of hours or, even better, overnight so the flavours develop further.


  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 20 gm butter
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 litre (4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 kg frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 bunch (about 300gm) spinach, trimmed
  • ½ cup (firmly packed) mint, plus extra (optional) to serve
  • 150 gm crème fraîche, plus extra to serve
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon


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    Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic and sauté until tender (3-4 minutes). Add chicken stock, season to taste, bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes for flavours to develop, then add peas and simmer until just tender (3-4 minutes). Remove from heat, take out about ½ cup of peas with a slotted spoon (reserve for garnish), then add spinach, mint, crème fraîche, rind and juice to remaining pea mixture. Blend with a hand-held blender until smooth, check seasoning and serve hot with a spoonful of crème fraîche, reserved peas and extra mint.