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Pea & Cilantro Soup (Diana Henry)


Pea & Cilantro Soup (Diana Henry)

Pea and cilantro. I'm surprised to find that this combination actually tastes very good! I always have frozen peas in my freezer. They come in handy when I want to add something green in my dishes or when I cook my baby's meals.


This week, IHCC's theme is Veggie Variations! I choose Diana Henry's Pea & Cilantro Soup.


Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients: 
(Serves 2) 

Note: I've scaled down the recipe.
 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 small potato, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large bunch of cilantro
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
Pepper to taste
Light cream, for garnishing



How to:

1. Heat up oil in a deep pan. Add onion and potato and stir. Add cumin and stir for a minute to release the aroma. Chop the cilantro stems (reserve the leaves) and add them as well, stir, add a splash of water, and cover. Sweat for about 20 minutes, adding a splash of water every so often to prevent it sticking on the bottom of the pan.

2. Add peas, stock, cilantro leaves, and bring to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes; season with pepper, then leave to cool. When at room temperature, puree in a blender.

3. Drizzle with cream to garnish.


The thick consistency of this soup makes it a good choice for pasta sauce as well. You may substitute cilantro with celery. You can also add ham (for adults) if you're more of an meat-eater. Try garnishing with some toasted chopped walnuts for that extra crunch. :)




I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Veggie Variations!


17 comments

  1. Hi Joyce,
    Sad to share my kids don't like peas. They will dig out as much as they can ... hee hee. But if add them in soup, they are unable to do the 'digging out thingy' hee hee. Thanks for sharing this tasty soup ^-^!

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    1. I love peas! But my younger brother doesn't. Lol.

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  2. Hi Joyce,

    Love the bright green colour of your pea soup. Must be great for detoxing!!!

    Btw, about your question about the this substitution of almond in Nigella's flourless chocolate cake. I think it should be ok. You wanna to give it a try :D

    Zoe

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  3. Peas and coriander are a great flavour combo - I often put them together, and I bet this combination makes a wonderful soup. Great choice.

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  4. Hi Joyce, I love how pretty your pea soup looks. Like you, I would never expect pea soup would taste good at all. Now I'm convinced that this soup is worth a try :) Great choice!

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  5. This soup sounds as flavourful as it is pretty. Coriander seems like a delicious alternative to mint.

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    1. Cilantro/Coriander has a rather bitey taste. I read somewhere they are good for detox. Next time I'll most probably change it to young celery. Mint sounds good too! :)

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    2. Cilantro/Coriander has a rather bitey taste. I read somewhere they are good for detox. Next time I'll most probably change it to young celery. Mint sounds good too! :)

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  6. Hi Joyce,
    Your soup looks so yummy! My kids love veggies except when it comes to peas! One of these days, I'll try it with soup!
    Wonderful choice!

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  7. I like the sound of this soup and the color--your drizzle of cream on top looks so pretty too. Great pick! ;-)

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  8. That looks really good! It would never have occurred to me to combine peas and coriander either!

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