Chilled Pea & Mint Soup


  • 50g (2oz) butter
  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 450g (1lb) fresh peas, shelled weight
  • 900ml (1½pt) vegetable or chicken stock
  • 150ml (¼pt) single cream
  • 2tbsp finely chopped fresh mint

To garnish:

  • 8tbsp single cream
  • Small mint leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A few cooked peas, for decoration


  1. Heat the butter in a large pan and fry the shallots over a gentle heat until softened but not browned. Add the peas, pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. Remove the pan from the heat and purée the peas, shallots and their cooking liquid in several batches in a food processor or liquidizer. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool completely.

  3. Stir in the half the cream, season with salt and pepper and finally stir in the mint. Chill well before serving garnished with a swirl of cream and small mint leaves.


When peas are out of season, the soup can be made using frozen peas - there´s no need to defrost them, just add straight from the packet to the pan and they defrost once the stock is heated up.