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Pea Soup Saint-Germain

70 Reviews
83% would make this recipe again

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.

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 15 min
240 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Very easy
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kid-friendly

Ingredients

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, coarsely chopped 200 g
1/2 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped 26 g
1 tbsp butter, unsalted 14 g
3 cups chicken broth 750 mL
2 cups water 500 mL
4 cups frozen peas 500 g
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]
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.

Method

  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.

Remarks

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

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (300g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

240

Fat

8 g

13 %

Saturated 1.9 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

10 %

Cholesterol

0 mg

Sodium

610 mg

26 %

Carbohydrate

35 g

12 %

Fibre

7 g

30 %

Sugars

13 g

Protein

9 g

Vitamin A

61 %

Vitamin C

36 %

Calcium

8 %

Iron

28 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 2 ½ servings
Grain Products : 1 serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 0 serving

Claims

This recipe is :
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

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1 ½
Vegetables 1
Fats 1

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Members' Reviews

70 Reviews (66 with rating only ) 83% would make this recipe again
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Davia
april 30, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

All the household loved it, including our 2.5 year ols daughter!

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ldeclou
february 25, 2010

Soup too bland, had to add more spices and add-ins to make it tasty.

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jonie
december 15, 2009

I enjoyed it, but husband and 2 1/2 year old gave it a thumbs down. I found it tastier when I added a no salt spice. Also used sour cream instead of cream.

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sbasham
july 21, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Fantastic soup! I never would have thought these ingredients together would have made such a delicious soup. We've made it several times over the summer.

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This recipe is in the following categories

Vegetables | Soups | High Iron | Low Saturated Fat | Halal | Low Cholesterol | High Fibre | French

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sbasham
july 21, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Fantastic soup! I never would have thought these ingredients together would have made such a delicious soup. We've made it several times over the summer.

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Davia
april 30, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

All the household loved it, including our 2.5 year ols daughter!

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ldeclou
february 25, 2010

Soup too bland, had to add more spices and add-ins to make it tasty.

Useful 0