Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pea and Broccoli Soup

Pea and Broccoli Soup

My husband's parents recently visited us from Scotland. Actually they were at the end of an enviable round the world trip so were full of great stories. My Mother in law makes a great soup, so I immediately put her on soup duty while staying with us. She did not disappoint.

After they left and inspired by her, I resolved to make soups more often. My little one who is extremely veggie averse, will often eat a soup. It needs to be pureed into an orangy red color though... This one unfortunately doesn't meet her requirements but is nevertheless a delicious soup. It's creamy and smooth, hearty and healthy. I loved it, my older daughter enjoyed it and my husband could not get enough.

In was in "use it up" mode when I made this soup; I had a small amount of split peas needing finished, broccoli reaching the end of it's life and half a carton of veg broth needing used up. Here it what happened:

Pea and Broccoli Soup


1 medium onion chopped finely
3 cloves garlic, minced or chopped finely
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pinches dried thyme (or fresh if you have it)
3/4 cup split peas
3 small heads of broccoli chopped into small florets and stems chopped
1 1/2 quart/ approx 1 1/2 litres broth/stock ( I used half chicken half veg broth)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot on medium heat 
  2. Add the onions and garlic and reduce to medium/low for approx 15 mins 
  3. Cook the onions until softened and translucent not caramelized 
  4. Stir in the thyme and cook a further couple of minutes 
  5. Add the broth and split peas and bring to a boil 
  6. Reduce to a simmer and cover for approx 15 minutes 
  7. Add the broccoli and simmer a further 10 minutes or until everything is soft 
  8. Adjust seasoning as needed the puree the soup

This soup has a creamy almost cheesy note to it, but if it's not hitting the spot, crumble either feta or goats cheese on top.



  1. Yay...I am always in the market for soup recipes. I have made a lot this winter. Such a satisfying way to get veggies.

  2. Agreed! Got any good orange soup recipes?!