This green pea soup is absolutely delicious and ready to serve in just 30 minutes! It's easy, creamy, comforting, and with minimal ingredients required, it's also inexpensive and super easy to prepare.
⭐ Easy Green Pea Soup Recipe
Out of all the soup recipes I have made over the years, this green pea soup certainly comes in my top 3 soups to make during fall.
Just to point out, this is NOT a split pea soup recipe as I use frozen green peas, which are not split. Green peas have a tender texture compared to split peas and require less cooking time, making this recipe perfect for a quick, tasty lunch or dinner.
This low-cost soup is ideal for home cooks wanting to feed their family on a budget, as it doesn't require many ingredients or preparation skills to make it.
The sautéed buttery garlic and onions enhance the flavor of the earthy peas. The sour cream adds a sweet creaminess to the overall taste.
🍽 What You Need
Green pea soup is the easiest soup recipe you'll ever make! You only need one soup pot to combine all the ingredients and a blender to make it smooth and silky.
- Large pot
- Hand immersion blender
- Chopping board
- Chef's Knife
- 2 tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 ½ pound peas frozen about 4 cups
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup sour cream
- salt and black pepper to taste
Feel free to substitute the following ingredients:
If you don't have sour cream, try using creme fraiche or coconut cream at a 1:1 ratio.
Swap for beef, chicken, or simply water. While broth adds depth and enhances the flavor, it isn't necessary, and water will work fine.
Like all great soup recipes, the ingredients can be added to enhance the flavor.
Meat - Ham bone, bacon, shredded chicken
Spices - Smoked paprika, cayenne pepper,
Fresh herbs - fresh parsley, fresh thyme, or mint leaves.
🔪 How to make Green Pea Soup
Green pea soup is one of the best soups you will ever try, and you can learn to make this fantastic recipe in under half an hour with my step-by-step instructions.
Preparing the pea soup is easy!
All you need to do is roughly chop the garlic and onions ready for sautéing and prepare the vegetable broth.
In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat and add onion and garlic to cook for 5 minutes until softened.
Next, add the frozen peas, stirring occasionally, then pour enough stock over them to cover by about 2 inches.
Increase the temperature to medium-high heat and bring to a boil for about 15 - 20 minutes until the peas are very soft and the liquid has reduced somewhat.
Remove the pot from the heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and make a puree out of it with an immersion blender until smooth.
Stir in the sour cream, and blend again until combined.
Serve hot and ENJOY.
Serving suggestions: A dollop of sour cream for extra creaminess, cooked crispy bacon or bay shrimp for added meat, or some fresh chopped herbs like parsley, chives, or mint.
You can adjust the thickness of the soup by adding 1 tablespoon of cornflour with 1 tablespoon of water and mixing it in the soup. It will thicken as the soup gets hotter.
📖 Recipe Variations
This amazing pea soup can easily be the base for easy variations like these suggestions below.
Pea & mint soup
Mint and pea go together, believe it or not. And adding a handful of mint leaves enhances the green color. It gives the soup an uplifting flavor that is perfect for summer or winter.
Split pea & ham soup
If you feel like the soup needs a bit of meat, adding in some chopped ham bone works really well. I usually do this for pea soup when I have ham in the fridge and add a teaspoon of lemon juice to add freshness.
🥗 What to Serve With
Pea soup pairs well with fries, salads, quiche, or eat it as the main meal with a nice crusty baguette to dip in the soup. Here are a few suggestions to give you some options.
Fries make a good side dish to dip into soups, and non more so than these delicious garlic and rosemary Italian-style fries that are crispy and super easy to prepare in the oven.
Add something light to accompany the amazing pea soup with a slice of healthy broccoli & cheddar quiche.
The ever-so-popular pinwheels are a great alternative side dish for soups because they take JUST 15 minutes to make. They are soft, chewy, and perfect for dipping in sauces or soups and come in various flavors from cream cheese, cheddar, and bacon, or even spicy jalapeno.
🙋 Frequently Asked Questions
What makes pea soup thick?
Pea soup has a nice thick consistency that the green peas are blended into a purée with stock. Blending soups is a way to make them creamier with a thicker consistency without using thickening agents.
Can I use split peas instead of green peas?
Yes, you can add split peas instead of frozen green peas for this recipe. To achieve tender split peas, make sure to wash and rinse them in water first before cooking them to ensure you get the best split pea soup.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ Reheating
Green pea soup is easy to store in the fridge or freezer once it has cooled completely.
In the fridge
Transfer the leftover soup into an airtight container or leave it in the soup pot with a lid and place it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
In the freezer
To freeze the soup, simply pour the soup into freezer bags or an airtight container. It will last up to 4 months frozen and should be thawed overnight in the fridge before reheating.
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👪 Serving size
This green pea soup gives you 6 servings but can easily be scaled up to more people. When I have friends or family over, I usually double the recipe to give me some leftovers for a bowl or 2 the following day or give some away (to friends and family).
As you can see by the basic cooking instructions, green pea soup is easy to make for any home cook and will undoubtedly put smiles on your guest's faces. Let me know if you enjoy making it!
Easy Green Pea Soup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium chopped onion - roughly
- 2 garlic
- 1 ½ pounds green peas - frozen about 4 cups
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup sour cream
- salt and pepper - to taste
- In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium heat then add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the frozen green peas, stir for a minute, then pour enough stock over them to cover by about 2 inches.
- Increase the heat and boil gently for about 15 - 20 minutes, until the peas are very soft and the liquid has reduced somewhat.
- Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste and puree with an immersion blender until smooth.
- Add the sour cream, and blend until combined.
- Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream and crispy bacon or baby shrimp.