Pea and mint soup

This recipe is so simple and delicious! I use it on nights when I need something nourishing but can’t really be bothered cooking. With only a few simple ingredients it would seem like a plain soup but the combination of the fresh mint, zesty lemon and loads of garlic is amazing!

Where is the superfood you may be asking- its all in the mint! Herbs are a fantastic superfood, being green and leafy and packed with goodies. Mint descends from the Latin word mentha, which is from the Greek word minthe. In Greek Mythology, Minthe was a beautiful water nymph who was deeply in love with Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld. One day, while walking along the river, Hades wife Persephone caught him with his mistress Minthe . She was infuriated and transformed Minthe into a herbaceous plant to be trodden upon by all. Hades was unable to reverse the enchantment but tried to comfort Minthe by giving her leaves a divine sweet aromatic scent.

Mint has large amounts of vitamin A, Calcium, magnesium and B6. One hundred grams of mint contains 52% of our daily Vitamin C needs and 28% of our iron needs.

Pea and Mint soup

Serves 4

  • 4 1/2 cups frozen peas

  • 4 cups of stock (I usually use 4 cups water with 2 cubes Rapunzel organic stock cubes)

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • zest of two lemons

  • large handful of mint

  • oil, cracked pepper and paprika to garnish

  • optional-> vegetarian sausages

Boil peas and stock for 5 minutes, add in garlic, lemon and mint. Blend in a blender until smooth or with a whizz stick. Garnish with a few drops of oil (avocado or hazelnut oil), paprika, cracked pepper and sausages if you have some. Serve with crusty bread.