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pea + lettuce soup | meat free monday

soupe de pois et de laitue | translation : pea + lettuce soup

For as long as I can remember, mum has cooked this. And for as long as my mum can remember, her mum has cooked this.

As a kid, I didn’t like the idea of green soup, nor the look of it. But as an adult, I really have grown to LOVE this dish. It is so comforting on a warm winter’s night or makes for a perfect “meat free Monday” after a busy and overindulgent weekend.

The ingredients are very humble. There is absolutely nothing flash here and the reason I like it is that I always seem to have the ingredients in the cupboard or fridge anyway. It is a great one for those who are looking to tighten their belts too.

Give it a try.

pea + lettuce soup

1 cup of frozen peas
1 small iceberg lettuce, roughly chopped
2 x large potatoes, peeled and sliced
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 brown onion, chopped
Half a cup of thickened cream
Salt, white pepper
3 x cups of chicken stock
1 x tablespoon of chopped chives
Crusty bread and butter, for serving

– Saute the onions in a little bit of butter in a large saucepan.
– Add the peas, potatoes, lettuce, chives, stock and salt and pepper.
– Bring to the boil and then back off to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are very soft.
– Using a bar mix, wizz it up until smooth. Add the lemon juice and cream to taste.
– Serve with a slice of crusty bread.

My gorgeous Cork Daddy (pictured below) came home with a bar mix the other day. Reckons we need to start giving smoothies a go. Watch this space.

Below is my Grandma Betty’s hand written recipe that came from the Gretta Anna cookbook many years ago. My mum’s handwriting in red below hers. It’s important to me that these old recipes should live on and who knows, maybe one day, my girls might learn to love it too.