English Pea and Mint Soup with Lemon Ricotta & Peashoots

Make the most of the short season of fresh peas to enjoy this easy but spectacular soup!

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 300g Fresh Peas, podded and rinsed
  • 50g Frozen Peas, still frozen
  • 1/2 Shallot, small
  • Large knob of Butter, unsalted
  • 170ml, Vegetable Stock, Hot
  • 50ml Double Cream
  • 8tsp Ricotta
  • Lemon Zest, pinch
  • 1/4tsp Lemon Juice
  • Peashoots to garnish
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Salt and White Pepper

Optional:

  • Borage Flowers
  • Violas
  • Nasturtium Leaves

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and sweat the shallots until soft.
  2. Add the fresh peas and enough stock to cover them in the pan and boil for a couple of minutes until the peas are tender.
  3. Reserve 2 tbsp of peas and then place the remainder in a blender with the stock and blitz until smooth.
  4. Add the frozen peas, double cream and if necessary a little more vegetable stock if the soup is too thick and blend again.
  5. Season well, then strain through a sieve into a jug and chill.
  6. In a small bowl mix the ricotta with the lemon juice, zest and a pinch of salt. reserve.

To serve

Place 3 small spoonfuls of lemon ricotta on the base of a shallow soup bowl. Top each with a sprinkle of paprika and a borage flower.

Pour the chilled soup around the ricotta and dress with peashoots and edible flowers.

This is a recipe from Peter Lien, WI Cookery School Manager at Denman College, the residential college of the WI. For inspiring cookery courses see the Cookery School web site.


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