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



  • 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