Pea Soup with Bacon Croutons and Mint

Pea, cider and mint soup with crispy bacon croutons

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Make the most of vibrant green peas in this simple, low calorie soup topped with crispy bacon croutons


Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the crispy breadcrumbs and bacon.



  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • onion 1, finely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • cider 400ml
  • frozen peas 400g
  • chicken stock 400ml
  • mint a handful of leaves, chopped


  • diced pancetta 77g pack
  • sourdough 2 slices, torn into chunks


  • Step 1

    Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the onion and a pinch of salt, and cook for  10 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the cider and reduce by ½ to evaporate the alcohol, then add the frozen peas and chicken stock. Simmer for 2 minutes, then add the mint and use a stick blender to whizz until completely smooth. Add a splash of boiling water if it’s a little thick. Season.

  • Step 2

    Put the pancetta into a cold frying pan and gently heat until starting to crisp. Put the sourdough into a food processor and pulse until breadcrumbs, then tip into the pan. Cook until the breadcrumbs and bacon are really crisp.

  • Step 3

    Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the crispy breadcrumbs and bacon.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 294
  • Fat 10.1g
  • Saturates 2.6g
  • Carbs 25.2g
  • Sugars 11.4g
  • Fibre 7g
  • Protein 13.9g
  • Salt 1.3g