Seamus Mullen’s Sweet Pea Soup

Celebrate spring with this fresh sweet pea soup recipe from Seamus Mullen's cookbook Hero Food.

Serves 4 as an appetizer. Read our interview with Seamus Mullen here »

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2 cups shelled sweet peas, about 2 lbs. peas in the shell (or 10 ounces frozen peas, thawed)

6 tbsp. olive oil

1 shallot, finely minced

1 clove garlic, finely minced

2 tbsp. good, sweet cider vinegar (or Champagne vinegar or white balsamic vinegar)

1 slice country white bread, crust removed, bread torn

6 whole fresh basil leaves


Freshly ground black pepper

Zest of 1 lemon

4 tbsp. plain yogurt

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]  Fill a big pot with well-salted water and bring to a boil. Blanch the peas for 3 minutes and shock in an ice water bath. (If using frozen, no need to blanch.)

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] In a small skillet, heat 2 tbsp. of the olive oil and cook the shallots and garlic until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook until the volume is reduced by half.

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Combine the shallot/garlic mixture with the blanched peas in a blender with 2 cups water and purée on high until completely smooth. Add the bread and basil leaves and process until smooth. Reduce the speed of the blender and drizzle in the remaining 4 tbsp. of the olive oil until fully incorporated.

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest and divide among 4 chilled bowls. Finish each bowl with a dollop of yogurt.

—From Seamus Mullen’s Hero Food by Seamus Mullen/Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest