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This sweet pea soup was a personal favorite of mine growing up. It’s simple, savory with a little sweet, and delicious.
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I can’t remember how many times I begged my mom to make this for me as a kid. Now as an adult, I make it up all the time for myself for lunches, the leftovers store and re-heat easily in the fridge, and the best part is that you use milk, not cream, so it is also very calorie friendly! I have to admit, I love eating this with saltine crackers crumbled all over the top! But this soup also pairs well with some sourdough bread or a sandwich.
Ingredients in Basil and Sweet Pea Soup
- Butter – not margarine
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Fresh basil – or dried basil
- Can of sweet peas
Start with the Basics
For those of you that are fairly new to cooking, this is a great recipe to learn how to do roux, which is basically a base for making all kinds of creamy soups. For this recipe you melt together flour and butter and gradually add milk and some salt. This gives you your basic roux base. From here, you can make all types of soups. Add broccoli and cheese for a creamy broccoli soup, add corn and potatoes for a corn chowder, and for this particular soup, you add sweet peas and basil.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dipping crusty sourdough bread in this soup would be delicious! Another great thing would be any type of sandwich, especially a ham sandwich. Keep it simple! A slice of good bread with fresh mozzarella balls or a thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese and olive oil drizzled on top and fresh black pepper would also be great.
Peas are high in protein and fiber, so a steaming bowl of this soup gets you closer to your needed daily value of those, as well as having other nutrients such as folate, iron, and potassium.
Something With Your Soup
Soup and sandwich, or soup and salad — both sound like excellent options for lunch or dinner. Here are some yummy sandwiches and salads you can pair with our delicious Sweet Pea Soup. Or just add a slice of bread. You can’t go wrong with all the flavor this has to offer.
How to Make Basil and Sweet Pea Soup
Basil and Sweet Pea Soup
- In a saucepan or soup pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter then stir in the flour.
- Gradually whisk in the 3 cups of milk.
- Bring heat to medium and continue to stir until the mix begins to bubble, boil, and thicken.
- Add salt, pepper, basil, and sweet peas (drained) and cook another minute or two.
- On top of each soup, garnish with a sprinkle of fresh basil leaves.
- Enjoy your soup! This recipe is about as easy as it gets– no blender or batches here! Truly a one pot soup.
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