Leek and pea soup recipe

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  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

serves:

6

Skill:

easy

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 377 kCal 19%
Fat 10g 14%

We’ve all tasted leek and potato soup, but if you fancy a lighter version of the classic, then combining leeks and peas in this leek and pea soup is the perfect solution. These two winter veggies produce a bright green bowl of hearty goodness, perfect for feeding a whole family and easy to get the kids to join in cooking in the kitchen! We can’t beat a meal that our family loves and gives them some of thier five a day. If you agree then add this leek and pea soup to your menu this week!

Ingredients

  • Large knob of butter, about 30g (1oz)
  • Dash of olive oil
  • 1 leek, well-washed, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped, optional
  • 1 medium potato, about 200g (7oz), peeled and cubed
  • 1 ltr (1¾ pints) chicken or vegetable stock (made with 2 stock cubes)
  • 500g (1lb) frozen peas, thawing
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Little Gem lettuces
  • 6 pitta breads, toasted and cut into fingers, for serving

Method

  • Melt the butter with the oil in a large pan. Cook the leek and garlic, if using, for 5 minutes until soft. Add the potato to cook, stirring for a minute. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil.

  • Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, or until the potato will squash against the side of the pan. Add the peas and cook for another 5 minutes.

  • Put the soup into a blender, or use a hand-held blender, to get it a smoother consistency. Add some seasoning to taste.

  • Snip lettuce into shreds and put a few into warmed bowls, then ladle the soup in. Serve with toasted fingers of pitta bread.

  • Cool soup, then pack into a plastic container, seal, label and freeze. Use within 2 months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in a pan.

Top tip for making Leek and pea soup

Use a finely chopped onion instead of the leek, if you like. You can also add chopped Parma ham or cooked streaky bacon to the finished soup.

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