This cold minty spring pea soup is quick and easy to make and totally delicious. Plus it looks absolutely beautiful. If fresh peas are out of season, you can substitute frozen, just make sure... there’s no sugar added to them.
In a heavy bottomed pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When it has melted and stopped foaming, add the chopped scallions. Sauté until they have softened.
Add the whole mint sprigs and sauté for a couple of minutes then add the peas and salt to taste. Add the stock and cook until the peas are just soft and bright green, this will go fast for frozen peas. Remove the mint sprigs and blend until the soup is completely smooth. Check for seasoning and add cream or buttermilk, if using.
Let the soup chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Serve cold with chopped mint.
This soup can be made both with or without the liquid dairy element – it’s delicious either way.