Pea Soup Saint-Germain

Pea Soup Saint-Germain

Fresh pea soup.

A traditional French soup that combines fresh peas and lettuce with leeks or shallots to make a thick creamy soup. The name comes from the Comte de Saint-Germain, who was a minister under King Louis XVI.

6 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 15 min

240 calories per serving 


6 slices bread, whole wheat, for the croutons   220 g
3 tbsp olive oil, for the croutons   45 mL
2 leeks, finely chopped   600 g
1 Boston lettuce, or curly leaf , coarsely chopped   200 g
1/2 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped   26 g
3 cups chicken broth   750 mL
1 tbsp butter, unsalted   14 g
2 cups water   500 mL
4 cups frozen peas   500 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
1/4 cup whipping cream 35% [optional]   65 mL

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful to purée the soup.


  1. Make the croutons.
  2. Prepare the vegetables : wash the leeks well, then chop them finely. Wash the lettuce, then chop it coarsely. Coarsely chop the mint.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over moderately low heat, then add the leeks and sauté 2-3 min, with stirring, until they are softened. Pour in the broth and water, then bring to a boil. Add the peas and lettuce, then simmer, partially covered (to reduce discoloration), 7-8 min, or until the peas are tender.
  4. Stir in the mint, then purée the soup in a blender or food processor. Return the soup to the pan, season it with salt and pepper, then reheat it 2-3 min until it is hot.
  5. In a small bowl, beat the cream until it is thickened slightly but still pourable. Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle the cream on each serving, garnish with croutons, and serve.


The soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (300g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




8 g

13 %

Saturated 2 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

10 %


5 mg


610 mg

26 %


35 g

12 %


7 g

30 %


13 g


9 g

Vitamin A

60 %

Vitamin C

35 %


8 %


30 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: servings
Grain Products: 1 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low :
Cholesterol, Saturated Fat
Source of :
Calcium, Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E
Good source of :
Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Zinc
Excellent source of :
Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin K

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This recipe is in the following categories: Vegetables | Soups | Halal | High Fibre | High Iron | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | French

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