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Irresistible Pea and Mint Soup

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Irresistible Pea and Mint Soup - perfect for any season |

Pea and mint soup has been around for a very long time.

It’s one of the first dishes I remember (I’m not that old, I’m just making a point, bear with me) and been has been cited throughout history on countless occasions.

Well-known around most of Europe, pea soup comes in various guises.

In Germany it’s often eaten with ‘Wienerwürstchen’ (a type of hot dog sausage) or bits of bacon, and usually with dark bread.

I won’t pretend to know much about the Scandinavian tradition, but it seems to have been around for quite some time too – and is eaten with pork and mustard followed by baby pancakes on Thursdays.

They seem pretty strict about that, so Thursdays it is.

It’s known in North America too – in Canada it originated in Quebec and usually featured salt pork and yellow peas; sometimes dumplings, carrots or turnips.

In the US it is said to have come from French-Canadian workers and often had pork, ham and carrots too.

Irresistible Pea and Mint Soup - perfect for any season |
Irresistible Pea and Mint Soup - perfect for any season |
Irresistible Pea and Mint Soup - perfect for any season |

Pea soup has quite the pedigree. But the one I’m most interested in is the pea soup known in Britain and Ireland – pea and mint soup to be precise.

While many of the other varieties are warming and comforting throughout the cold winter months, this one is light, airy and brings with it the bewitching promise of summer yet to come.

It’s fresh and sweet, delicate yet filling. It’s the sort of dish that makes you want to visit the queen then retire to a country cottage and watch cows for the weekend.

In yesteryear pea soup was a sign of poverty, but hey, times change and the once poor folk’s dish has been revised and realigned to a glorious fusion of sweet peas and gentle mint – it can be found in cafes and restaurants from John o’ Groats to Land’s End.

It’s cheap, full of protein, and exceptionally tasty.

Irresistible Pea and Mint Soup - perfect for any season |

Pea and Mint Soup – The Ins and Outs

  • You can use shallots, white, red or spring onions – whatever you have at hand, really. Each gives it a subtle yet distinct taste that changes slightly by onion.
  • Cook your onions slowly. You want gently softened, near see-through onions, not rapidly fried blackened bits of scrap.
  • 15 minutes of simmering is the perfect time for maximum flavour and efficiency.
  • Don’t tip away any water – that green stuff is nutrients!
  • Add less stock at the start – if the soup is too thick just add a little more at the end. It’s a lot harder to get the balance right the other way.
  • Add garlic if you want it – the soup is wonderful with it, but if you don’t want garlic breath for any reason (who does?) then you can skip it if needs be.
  • Fresh mint is best. We haven’t noticed a difference if you add the mint at the beginning or the end, so do as you wish.
  • Technically you don’t need to puree this dish, but to get that smooth, spring feeling we’re after, you’ll want to. A few renegade peas won’t hurt however.
  • Frozen peas are fine. More than fine! If you have the time to spare then shelling your own peas can be fun, but as most peas are snap frozen, you won’t lose any taste or flavour.
  • Small, sweet peas are best – petit pois are a great type to aim for.
  • Pea and mint soup tastes equally good, or perhaps even better the next day! So if you have the possibility to make it a day ahead, do so.
  • If you don’t, no wuckers. You’ve still got a beautiful dish ahead of you.
  • Don’t say ‘Pea Soup’ out loud too often. You might end up putting yourself off it 😉
Irresistible Pea and Mint Soup - perfect for any season |
Pea and Mint Soup
4.84 from 36 votes
Irresistible Pea and Mint Soup, the classic British dish that’s fresh, light and with the promise of summer yet to come!
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes
Servings:2 people


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sprigs mint, fresh
  • 4 shallots (feel free to use white, red or spring onions too)
  • 3 clove garlic (if you’re not a garlic fan you can skip this)
  • 2 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1.5 cup vegetable broth


  • Finely chop the shallot, mint and garlic. Alternatively blend into fine bits with a food processor.
  • Heat the olive oil over low heat in a small pot and add the mint, shallot and garlic mix.
  • Let it cook softly for about 2-3 minutes, until the shallots turn translucent.
  • Next, add the peas and broth. Give it a little stir and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Now blend the soup until it’s creamy, ideally with an immersion blender.
  • Season with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.


If you liked this soup then you definitely need to check out this Red Lentil Soup, which is similarly easy to make or our Basil and Tomato Soup that is right up that alley too.


Nutrition Facts
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Love how so few ingredients can bring so much big flavor!

    1. Definitely did not originate in Quebec Newfoundland is likely the ‘origin’ of pea soup in canada, being the first place colonized, but it’s just a rendition of the Irish or Brit version as most of the people there are colonizers and settlers from those places originally.

  2. I love pea soup, especially with a little mint, the flavors are perfect together. This looks and sounds perfect for a light spring meal.

    1. 5 stars
      Absolutely delicious. I’ve made this a few times now and it is one of my favourites. So easy to make with simple ingredients, yet so delicious and surprisingly creamy. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  3. Looks delicious. I made pea soup for last thanksgiving and like to try out your version

  4. 5 stars
    Even though this has been around for a long time, I’ve never had pea and mint soup! Yours looks like an easy and tasty one to try first – love your bowls!

  5. That sounds absolutely delicious. Bowl full of spring goodness!

  6. 5 stars
    I LOve pea soup! I’ve never had it with mint, but it sounds wonderful. I must try this. Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Made it…..absolutely delicious. Can’t believe it tastes so creamy. Thank you for sharing….this is my goto recipe from now on.

      Only because this is what I had in my cupboard…
      I used a whole red onion, guessed how many fresh mint leaves to use for a tablespoon (I was generous) and maxed the garlic, coz I love. Then blitzed in a nutri blender.

      1. So good to hear Beetroot!! Yes, quick, simple tasty this one 🙂

  7. This looks fab! Fast, tasty veggie food – yesss! What I really want to do is sign up for your mailing list, so I hope this is how to do it 🙂 Thanks.

    1. Hi Kathy! I’m glad you like the look 🙂

      You can sign up right here!

  8. 5 stars
    I absolutely loved this soup! When I went to Britain and Ireland this summer I tried this soup for the first time and wanted to recreate this yummy soup! I added a bit more mint than suggested because I love mint! I also interchange the shallots for onions depending on what’s in my cabinet that day.

    1. Yes, of course!! Glad you gave it a shot with onions and even better that it came out great!! Glad you liked it 😀

  9. 5 stars
    I came across this recipe while feeling nostalgic about the mint pea soup I associated with trips to the Lake District — not being able to travel these days, I wanted to recreate something from those happy old days! I was so happy that this indeed replicates the combination of flavors. And so easy! Highly recommend. This is such a nice, spring-like recipe — thank you!

    1. Hi Rebecca! How funny – I was walking through a park yesterday with my son and he mentioned there were peas in his soup at school and it started me thinking about this recipe! I guess I need to make it again now! Glad you enjoyed it as well 🙂

  10. Can this be served chilled?

    1. Hi Sheila – good question! In all honestly, I’ve never tried it chilled. I would love to hear of any experiences though!

  11. 5 stars
    Easy quick and definitely delicious….

    1. Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed!!

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