Green Peas And Leek Soup With Pesto


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Delicious and easy Green Peas And Leek Soup With Pesto! Made with simple ingredients like green peas, leeks, potatoes, cream, and seasoned to perfection with garlic and basil pesto! Try this creamy and comforting soup for a light lunch or dinner!

Green Peas And Leek Soup With Pesto

I love soups made with fresh, green pea and I believe that everyone needs a good green pea soup recipe in their lives. And this gorgeous Pea And Leek Soup With Pesto recipe is a really good one.

Green pea soup always reminds me of summer. My mom used to cook soup with potatoes, fresh pea, and cream almost every day during summer! For me. That’s how much I love it. And that’s how good the combination of pea, potato, and cream is.

My version is a bit different.

I like to make this soup with soft, almost caramelized leeks for extra sweetness. Caramelized leeks don’t have this strong onion-like flavor, but are sweet and soft. Seriously tasty!

I season the soup with garlic and basil pesto. So delicious! You can easily substitute pesto with fresh basil leaves and some grated parmesan, or just basil leaves. But I need to say that this soup seasoned just with salt, pepper, and a pinch of chili flakes is absolutely terrific too!

I enjoy this pea soup the most when served with freshly grated parmesan, a pinch of black pepper, and a few drops of good quality olive oil. But all of these are optional. This soup is gorgeous even “alone”.

This beautiful green peas and leek soup is comforting, light, and just perfect for spring and summer time!

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How to make the soup

This is a very simple recipe and you’ll need just a few ingredients to make it. You can find all of them in a regular supermarket! 🙂

Here’s all you need:

  • Green peas – fresh or frozen! Not canned.
  • Leeks – medium ones.
  • Potato – one is totally enough.
  • Garlic – basics!
  • Cream – at least 20 % fat, for extra creaminess.
  • Broth – the best would be homemade, but store-bought or from a bouillon cube will work too.
  • Basil pesto – to season to the soup. You can use fresh basil leaves and some grated parmesan instead.

To make things clear – simple doesn’t mean bland! The soup is full of flavor!

How to make the soup:

  1. You will need to start with washing the leeks. They’re often very dirty, so be sure to wash them well. I always start with cutting off the thick, dark green leaves. Then, I cut the leeks in half and rinse carefully under running water until I am sure they are clean. When that’s done, you can chop the leeks! That’s “the most difficult” part of this recipe. 😉
  2. Now you can sauté the leeks with garlic and butter until they are sweet and tender. Don’t hurry, caramelize the leeks if you have time and you’ll be rewarded with the most delicious, sweet flavor! So good!
  3. Add fresh or frozen peas, broth, cut potato, and cook until all veggies are soft!
  4. Add cream and bring to boil. Add a bit of pesto or a handful of fresh basil leaves and grated parmesan. Blend until smooth!
  5. The soup is ready!

So easy! 🙂

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Delicious and easy Pea And Leek Soup With Pesto! Made with simple ingredients like green peas, leeks, potatoes, cream, and basil pesto! Try this perfectly creamy and comforting soup for a light lunch or dinner!

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time35 mins

Click on the servings to scale the recipe to your needs.

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In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

 2 cups Fresh or frozen peas
 2 Medium leeks
 1 Big potato
 1 tbsp Butter
 ¼ cup Cream (at leats 20% fat)
 5 cups Broth
 1 tsp Basil pesto (or more, to taste, or fresh basil leaves and grated parmesan)
 1 Garlic cloves
 Salt and pepper
 1 pinch Chilli flakes (or cayenne pepper, chilli powder)

1

Start with washing the leeks. They’re often very dirty, so be sure to wash them well.

2

Chop the leeks and chop the garlic. Cut potato into small cubes.

3

Heat a pot with one tablespoon of butter and a little bit of oil over medium-low heat. Add leeks and garlic, cook until they are sweet and tender.

4

And potatoes, peas, and broth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until all veggies are soft, around 20 minutes

5

Add cream and pesto and cook for 3 minutes.

6

Blend everything until smooth. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.

7

Serve!

Ingredients

 2 cups Fresh or frozen peas
 2 Medium leeks
 1 Big potato
 1 tbsp Butter
 ¼ cup Cream (at leats 20% fat)
 5 cups Broth
 1 tsp Basil pesto (or more, to taste, or fresh basil leaves and grated parmesan)
 1 Garlic cloves
 Salt and pepper
 1 pinch Chilli flakes (or cayenne pepper, chilli powder)

Directions

1

Start with washing the leeks. They’re often very dirty, so be sure to wash them well.

2

Chop the leeks and chop the garlic. Cut potato into small cubes.

3

Heat a pot with one tablespoon of butter and a little bit of oil over medium-low heat. Add leeks and garlic, cook until they are sweet and tender.

4

And potatoes, peas, and broth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until all veggies are soft, around 20 minutes

5

Add cream and pesto and cook for 3 minutes.

6

Blend everything until smooth. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.

7

Serve!

Green Peas And Leek Soup With Pesto

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34 Comments

  1. Ivan Jose 8 June 2019 at 23:44

    I love green peas! I have not tried it as soup but your recipe is so hearty and delicious.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 9 June 2019 at 07:52

      You have to try!!

      Reply
  2. D’ondra 9 June 2019 at 00:38

    I am not a fan of split pea soup, but this looks delicious.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 9 June 2019 at 07:50

      It is NOT a split pea soup 🙂 it is made with fresh pea.

      Reply
  3. Cristina Ioana 9 June 2019 at 02:54

    It does look fantastic indeed. My family and I are great fans of cream soups so I will definitely make this.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 9 June 2019 at 07:51

      Thanks Cristina 🙂

      Reply
  4. Rosey 9 June 2019 at 07:59

    Pesto has become my new best friend. I can’t believe I discovered it so late in life, but now I just love it.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 9 June 2019 at 10:08

      🙂

      Reply
  5. Katie Walsh Beck 9 June 2019 at 08:53

    I LOVE peas! And this soup looks awesome. Adding pesto is a wonderful idea, giving additional depth to the soup. Can’t wait to try this

    Reply
    1. Ewa 9 June 2019 at 10:08

      I hope you will enjoy it! 😀

      Reply
  6. Hang Around The World 9 June 2019 at 14:49

    Thank you for this yummy recipe, I really like all this food. Thank you for sharing it! Going to cook it one of these days, you inspired me 🙂 – Paolo

    Reply
    1. Ewa 10 June 2019 at 11:59

      Thanks 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy it!

      Reply
  7. Monidipa Dutta 10 June 2019 at 12:09

    Your version looks different and indeed tasty. I will for sure try it!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 10 June 2019 at 13:25

      I hope you’ll like it 🙂 !

      Reply
  8. Hannah Marie 10 June 2019 at 13:08

    Yum! One of my niece’s favorite dish is pesto pasta. I think she will love this as well. It looks so good!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 10 June 2019 at 13:24

      I hope she’ll enjoy it!

      Reply
  9. vicky hallnewman 10 June 2019 at 13:59

    This looks like a good recipe to try. I love pea soups but wonder if you could make it with less cream if you’re on a diet.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 10 June 2019 at 14:01

      Hi Vicky, you can use evaporated milk instead of cream 🙂 Or simply add less cream!

      Reply
  10. Peachy 11 June 2019 at 22:44

    This soup looks absolutely delicious. Will try your recipe next week.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 12 June 2019 at 13:47

      Let me know how it goes 🙂

      Reply
  11. georgia boanoro 12 June 2019 at 07:30

    I’m a fan of soups and this one looks delicious and fresh. It is super healthy, too so I’ll definitely give your recipe a try.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 12 June 2019 at 13:47

      Thanks! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

      Reply
  12. Heather 12 June 2019 at 12:50

    This looks delicious and like a wonderful option to have my children eat peas without even realizing they are. Definitely a great side dish!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 12 June 2019 at 13:48

      Indeed! 🙂

      Reply
  13. Princess Quinn 15 June 2019 at 02:04

    This is something that I have been craving for. I need something like this in the morning. I am keeping the recipe by the way, it’s super good.

    Reply
  14. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome 20 October 2019 at 11:55

    Beautiful dish – and your photography is wonderful! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – Have a wonderful week!

    Reply
  15. Debbie 21 October 2019 at 07:52

    I’ve never made pea soup. This looks really delicious!

    Reply
  16. Sarah 21 October 2019 at 10:20

    I’m all about soup right now, especially today as it’s cold and rainy. I bet this is a delicious soup that even kids would love.
    Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday and sharing!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 22 October 2019 at 13:33

      You need to try 😉

      Reply
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