Soup season, baby! Now that salads make way for bowls of soupy magic, it doesn’t mean our meals get to be any less green. Enter my 10 Minute Pea Soup— the greenest of green delights—which also just happens to be ridiculously easy to whip up, and looooaded with gut-healing goodness.
My 10 Minute Gut-Healing Pea Soup is punchy with basil pesto and Parmesan flavours. The garden peas are the main actors, however. So if you love peas, this is the soup for you. Annnd if you’re on the fence about peas, this is the soup to win you over to the green side.
This pea soup recipe also calls for bone broth. You can substitute with chicken stock, or vegetable stock if you can’t get any (or if it’s not your thing), but I highly recommend it for its umami depth, and serious health benefits!
What Are The Benefits of Bone Broth?
Firstly—what is bone broth? You probably already know it by its other name: chicken or beef stock. Most cooks are familiar with the process of making soup bases by simmering bones in water with seasonings for as long as 24 hours. This type of stock, however, is obviously very different from the cubes you buy at the supermarket. The former has little in the way of nutrition.
Bone broth contains 17 different amino acids, vital for building various structures in the body. The amino acids are present in the collagen and gelatin of the bones, which become liberated through the slow simmering process. Gelatin in particular is important because it absorbs water, and helps to maintain the layer of mucus the keeps microbes from breaking through the intestinal barrier. There are other ways to consume gelatin, but bone broth is an especially tasty, and versatile way, and you also reap the benefits of absorbing minerals at the same time, including calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus , potassium, sodium and zinc.
Is It Better to Buy Bone Broth or Make My Own?
Either works—depending on what works for you! Store-bought bone broth can be just as good as homemade, provided you look for organic, grass-fed options. If you try it out at home, you might be surprised how easy it is! All you need to remember is that your bones need to come from a good source—organic, grass-fed—and you’ll need some form of acid, like apple cider vinegar, to help break down the bones to release the good stuff.
Possible Toppings for My Ten Minute Pea Soup
This soup is perfection on its own, but if you’re feeling it, you can always adorn with:
•crispy bacon bits or pancetta
•a swirl of double cream
•extra grated Parmesan cheese
•all of the above 😬
Gut-healing Pea Soup brimming with basil pesto and Parmesan flavour…grab just TEN minutes. your favourite bone broth, and LET’S DO THIS!
- 2 cups bone broth (or chicken or vegetable stock)
- 3 cups frozen peas
- 1 onion, quartered
- 3 heaping tbsp basil pesto (jarred is fine)
- 5 tbsp Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 1 lime
- Sea salt and black or pink pepper, to taste
- Bring bone broth or stock to the boil. Add onion and peas and continue to boil, gently, for 5-7 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Discard onion quarters.
- In batches, blitz in a food processor or blender, along with basil pesto, Parmesan and lime juice, until you reach desired consistency (I like mine a little chunky!).
- Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Add more lime, if necessary. Swirl with a little double cream, if you’re feeling fancy.