Hundredth post on The blurry lime. Like, 100. One hundred. And I made soup to celebrate. I clearly haven’t figured this out yet. I realise that this pea and pesto soup is a far cry from being celebratory, but it’s so good I made it twice last week! And I’m not even a big fan of peas.

The pesto is from a jar, albeit a good organic one. I have made this in the past using fresh homemade pesto (with homegrown basil) and if you wouldn’t mind spending a few minutes making some on your own (or a few months growing your own), I highly highly recommend it. Having said that about the pesto though, fresh peas aren’t essential here; frozen ones work just as well.

This is the perfect soup for those sweltering summer months (which is most of the year where I live) and although we eat it hot most often, the leftovers straight out of the fridge the next day are just as satisfying. I sometimes like the addition of a dash of milk or cream swirled into the soup just before serving, but if you’re feeling virtuous leave it out.

Peas have a mellow sweetness to them when cooked, and with the herbaceous hit of pesto and a good squeeze of lime, the humble pea is transformed into something quite extraordinary. This soup is comforting without being too bold and unfamiliar—the sweet spot.


Serves: 2
  • 200 grams green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp basil pesto
  • 3 small shallots
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp lime/lemon juice
  • ⅛ cup milk/cream (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Bring 3 cups of water to the boil. Add peas, shallots, garlic, and salt to the boiling water and cook for 4-5 minutes until the peas are just tender. Take off the heat, strain the cooking water into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Once cool enough to handle, blend the cooked peas-garlic-shallots along with pesto. Season with salt and black pepper. Pour enough cooking water to bring it to the right consistency and blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a clean pot and add the milk/cream is using. Reheat before serving. Can be refrigerated and served cold too.
* Adapted from Nigella Lawson






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