culinary review

Simple Green Broccoli & Peas Soup

Last Modified: 11/05/08
First Published: 01/30/08
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Some people think that soups are complicated. And while it’s true that some soups are wonderfullygreen broccoli and pea soup balanced and a little complex to make, not all are. Some soups are best made from a classic combination of meat/fish and vegetables such as minestrone soup, lentil soup or chowder, however sometimes it’s fun to make a soup simple based on one or two ingredients.

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General Info
Servings: 2
Total Cost: $2.41
Cost Per Serving: $1.21
Total Calories: 494
Calories/Serving: 247
Butter, Unsalted 1 Tablespoon 14.00 Grams $0.06 100
Broccoli, Frozen Cuts (or use fresh - 1/2 head) 1 1/2 Cup 130.50 Grams $0.36 45
Peas, Green, Petits 1 1/2 Cup 197.73 Grams $0.45 159
Onions, Spring Or Scallions, Green (2 green onions) 1/3 Cup 25.60 Grams $0.32 8
Vegetable Broth, Low Sodium 2 Cups 480.00 Grams $1.00 30
Heavy Whipping Cream 36% 3 Tablespoons 45.00 Grams $0.21 150
Black Pepper, Ground 1/3 Teaspoon 0.64 Gram $0.01 2

Like this soup: it's simple, it's easy to make and you don't need to many ingredient on hand. There aren't too many flavors to compete for attention so the taste is very straight forward, soft and balanced. If you happen to have some lightly whipped real cream, then add a dollop for garnish because it will compliment this soup wonderfully.

2-3 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ head of broccoli, stems included, washed in chopped in small pieces
  • 1 ½ cup of frozen peas
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups of broth
  • 3 tablespoons of cream
  • Pepper

Start sautéing the broccoli in the butter. Then add the broth and bring up to a simmer. Let cook for a minute or two and then add peas and onions. Let simmer for a few minutes. Now, either blend in a blender, or use an emersion blender. Place back in pot and optionally let simmer for a few more minutes if you want a thicker soup. Pour in the cream and finish off with some freshly ground pepper.

This method could easily be applied to any other vegetable as well. Simple sauté, add broth, blend and add some cream. Most vegetables go well with a contrasting flavor, however peas have such a delicate flavor on their own, so I chose to keep this soup very “clean” without spices or acidity.