Summer Pea Soup

Every time I take a cooking class from Sacramento chef Evie Lieb I’m inspired for weeks with new ideas and recipes for bringing out the best from ingredients. This summer pea soup is an Evie inspiration, a re-creation of soup she often finds in restaurants throughout France during her summer trips. Unlike split pea soup, this soup uses frozen peas (Petite Peas are available at Trader Joe’s), and it cooks up in less than half an hour. It’s just as good cold as hot, so it’s ideal for the warm days of summer. An infusion of mint in the broth adds a delicious touch to the flavor of the peas.

Summer Pea Soup Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 4 medium sized servings.



  • 1 large shallot, minced (about 3 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth (for vegetarian option)
  • 2 sprigs of mint, about 6 inches in total stem length
  • 1 pound of frozen petite peas (available at Trader Joe's)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Crème fraîche for garnish (can substitute sour cream diluted with cream)
  • Strips of fresh mint for garnish


1 In a medium saucepan (2 1/2 to 3 quart) melt the butter on medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened, but not browned, a couple minutes.

2 Add the broth and mint sprigs to the shallots, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Add the frozen peas and salt and pepper to taste. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the peas are just tender, 3-5 minutes.

3 Discard the mint and purée the soup in a blender until completely smooth. Blend in the cream. Taste and correct seasoning.

Reheat to serve warm, or chill to serve cold. Serve garnished with crème fraîche and mint strips.

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  1. Renee

    I had a chill today, so I ate it warm. Delicious! I had all of these ingredients on hand and it was easy to make. I never thought mint and peas would go well together

  2. cris

    Oh, I’m drooling!

    This will be my lunch today! Thanks Elise, for the wonderful inspiration -again!

    I’m going to use plain yogurt as a garnish though -I think Stonyfield Farm’s is a refreshing replacement! The whole milk version comes with a cream layer on top!

  3. Husband

    I love it. The photo is beautiful as only peas seem able to really be that green. And the mint part is great. I’m experimenting a lot with fresh mint so seeing it someplace on the relatively savory side of the meal is fantastic. I’m going to have to try this out very soon. Thanks.

  4. Jen

    I lived in France for a summer and the family I lived with made a soup very similar to this (they added zucchini and blended in some of the mint)! It was always served at room temperature or colder, and was very refreshing! Thank you, now I can make it and be brought back to that time!

  5. Sassy J

    I’ve made this soup twice this week because it is so good, fast (15 minutes), simple yet delicious (i.e. blander palettes, such as some children, enjoyed it), and it is winter–just as good served warm in the winter! Thanks Elise for your site and all the delicious recipes.

  6. Robin

    I made this yesterday. I used a homegrown sweet onion from the farmers market instead and accidently browned some of the butter. It still was delicious. I served it with bread that I toasted with parmesean grated cheese. The toddler and baby ate it up!


  7. eve

    I can’t get petite peas in my neighberhood and there is no trader joes near by. Do you think this recipe will work with regular frozen peas?

    It may work. Petite peas are preferred because they are more tender. ~Elise

  8. Yana

    This was delicious! Hubby thought so too.
    I cut out the cream and subbed EVOO for butter, and felt like it was perfectly rich just the way it was. Thanks!

  9. Cheffie

    Not so nice-
    The skins of the peas did not break down and stuck to my tongue as I tasted it. I couldn’t serve it to my group of 80 so I did a quick strain. The result was a thin soup- not something I was proud of. I won’t make it again.

    Sounds like you may have used regular frozen peas and not petite peas which are smaller and more tender. ~Elise

  10. Tao

    I made this last night and it was soooo good! wow, what a great recipe!

  11. Kim

    I’ve made this twice now and I just love it! Perfect soup for summer and such a vibrant color. Thanks Elise.

  12. Ally

    Sounds great, and I can’t wait to try it. If I can’t find petit peas, what would you suggest for a substitute?

    Regular shelled peas. ~Elise

  13. Stephanie

    This was yummy but only made a small amount
    also i forgot to discard the mint and still tasted good

  14. k

    I also had trouble with the skins. And, yes, I DID use petit peas.

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