Chunky pea and leek soup

Chunky pea and leek soup

I’m in a definite pattern of making a big vat of soup at the weekend, for a relaxed lunch with enough leftovers for the week ahead. Like most people at this time of year, we’re really having to watch the pennies this month, so a frugal approach is essential.

This latest recipe was adapted from this month’s BBC Good Food mag and is really fresh and tasty. There’s no cream or potato involved, but it still manages to have a satisfyingly thick texture.

If you’re trying to be healthy this is a perfect tummy filler and is crammed full of flavour from the leeks and those gorgeous mouth-popping peas that I love so much.

Chunky pea and leek soup (adapted from BBC Good Food)
Serves 4-6

5 tbsp olive oil
5 shallots, thinly sliced
3 sticks celery, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
5 leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced
300g frozen peas
850ml vegetable stock
3 handfuls basil leaves

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan on a medium heat, fry the shallots, celery and garlic and cook for about 5 mins until soft.

2. Stir in the leeks and cook for another 5 mins, then add the peas, the stock, season well and bring to the boil. Turn it down to simmer for a further 5 mins.

3. Ladle half of the soup into a food processor or bowl with stick blender, add the basil and blitz until smooth. Pour it back in with the remaining chunky soup and stir to combine. Check the seasoning and then pour into bowls and serve with crusty bread.

Tip: This soup keeps in the fridge well for a few days, or whack individual portions  in the freezer for a quick lunch.

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea! She lives in West London with her two young boys and yes, her firefighter husband.
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6 Responses to Chunky pea and leek soup

  1. Dominic says:

    I love love love this soup!!! So utterly perfect for this gloomy weather!

  2. Your soup is such a lovely chunky lunch idea. I will certainly try it out and love the colour, reminds me of summer!

  3. Lucy says:

    This looks great, and perfect for us veggies too. If only the kids would eat soup. Never mind them, I shall make it for the rest of us. Thanks for the share Katie.

    p.s. ‘whack individual portions in the freezer’ – I have visions of you slamming tupperware into your freezer with a good deal of satisfaction!

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