Sweet Pea and Garlic Soup

Next to enjoying them straight up, soup is my favorite way to chow down on peas.  Sure, it may seem a little counterintuitive with all the hot weather that summer bestows, but pureed peas are delicious.  With the sweetness that pea soup yields, I could care less if it means eating hot soup in the summer.  I’ve got to cook the peas anyways, right?  Unlike some people, raw peas aren’t my thing, so it’s not like I can avoid the heat of the stove.  Plus, a little sweat from a summer soup is nothing a cold mint mojito on the side can’t fix.

It seems simple, but this soup creates an incredible flavor.  There’s no need to add a ton of herbs or spices.  Let the pea flavor shine in this one.  Plus, after de-podding all those peas, you’re not going to want to do much more but add some garlic to the pan anyways.  Lucky you don’t have to because here, “simple” really proves its worth.

Sweet Pea and Garlic Soup


  • Sweet Pea and Garlic Soup
  • -1/4 cup sliced garlic (10-15 cloves)
  • -4 cups peas
  • -2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • -1/2 tsp. salt
  • -1/4 tsp. pepper
  • -2 Tbsp. chives, finely chopped
  • -2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • -Yogurt/sour cream, optional


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high. Add garlic, and saute until browned. Add peas, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, or until peas are tender. Remove from heat.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to remove one cup of peas (optional). Transfer the rest of the ingredients to a blender, or use an immersion blender, and puree until smooth. Add puree back to pan, and mix with reserved peas, if taking that option.
  3. Serve, topped with chopped chives on top, and a dollop of yogurt/sour cream, if desired.

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    June 24, 2011 at 6:38 am

    This is a lovely soup recipe. I love pea soup. I add a deseeded red chili and fresh coriander to my recipe. Nice to serve it with a drop of creme fraiche.

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    Simply Life
    June 24, 2011 at 6:57 am

    i love pea soups -they’re so full of flavor!

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    Hannah (BitterSweet)
    June 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Fantastic! The simpler, the better when it comes to pea soups.

    I have some unsweetened soy yogurt on hand, so I think I might try that rather than sour cream on top. 🙂

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    June 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    sounds yummy i want to try this soup!

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    June 25, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I actually have spent a large portion of my time craving soup lately even though this summer is hotter than ever! Weird. I love the sound of this. Time for me to pick up some fresh peas!

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    June 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Looks amazing! I LOVE pea soup.

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    June 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I agree, puréed peas ARE delicious! And I don’t want to miss soup in summer.

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    June 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    i loveeee pureed pea soup AND garlic. this soup looks incredibly!

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    June 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    What a great soup! I love tons of peas and this time of year is perfect for them =)

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