Minted pea and watercress soup recipe

This healthy soup is easy to prepare and makes a substantial lunch, or can be served in smaller portions as a starter.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Large bunch watercress, washed, stalks and leaves separated
  • 300ml vegetable stock or water
  • 500ml Alpro soya dairy-free alternative to milk (unsweetened)
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, cubed
  • Bunch fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 400g fresh or frozen shelled peas

METHOD

How to make minted pea and watercress soup

1. Chop the watercress stalks (reserving the leaves) and put into a small saucepan with the stock or water and soya milk and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse.

2. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion. Cook on a low heat until softened but not coloured. Add the potato, stir, cover and cook until soft. Add the mint and peas, strain the soya milk stock into the pan, discarding the watercress stalks, season and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the watercress leaves and turn off the heat.

3. Set a sieve over a heatproof bowl and drain the soup through it. Put the solids caught in the sieve into a blender with a little of the soup liquid and purée. Push this mixture through the sieve into the bowl with the back of a ladle and repeat with any solids left in the sieve. Discard any bits that won't pass through. Serve warm, garnished with croutons, bacon bits and soya cream, if you like.

Tip: You can garnish the soup with croutons and crisply-cooked bacon or just add a swirl of Alpro soya dairy-free alternative to cream.

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Nutritional Information

Per serving:
262 kcals
12.9g fat (2.1g saturated)
14g protein
24g carbs
8.3g sugar
0.8g salt

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Contributed by delicious. magazine

Contributed by delicious. magazine

Friday 30 November 2007
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