For a wallet-friendly, healthy lunch, try this fresh pea and lettuce soup. Cooking with lettuce is a great way to use it up, and the earthy flavour pairs well with sweet peas and fragrant mint. Topped with a poached egg, this simple soup makes a filling meal.
- Melt the butter with the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the shallots and garlic. Fry for 5-6 mins until tender but not brown. Stir in the lettuce and, when it has wilted, add the peas, stock and mint. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, season and simmer for 7-10 mins, until thickened slightly.
- Remove from the heat and blitz the soup with a stick blender. Season.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to a simmer. Make a whirlpool in the centre by stirring rapidly with the handle of a wooden spoon. Allow the swirl to almost subside, then crack the eggs directly into it. Poach for 3 mins over a low heat. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon; set aside.
- Divide the soup between 4 bowls. Top each one with a poached egg and some dill leaves.
Tip: Use fresh stock or vegetable stock pots instead of cubes to make this soup gluten-free.
Freezing and defrosting guidelines (freeze without eggs)
In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.
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