This green pea soup with smoked salmon is a perfect dish for winter. Ready in 15 minutes, easy & healthy! Top it with salmon & sour cream for extra protein.
What can be better than a homemade dish ready to be served in 15 minutes? Yes, in this short time you will be rewarded with a bowl (well, more like 4 bowls) of green deliciousness. By the way, this is a very healthy soup recipe. There is no cream added which makes it a very light soup. It also is packed with nutrients such as vitamins K, C, minerals, fiber & protein!
This green pea soup is also suitable for those who can’t eat dairy products. Simply omit the sour cream I used for garnish and you are good to go!
Now I don’t know about you but I love fresh peas. I can eat tons of them. Literally! Now getting fresh green peas is not that easy unless you grow them yourselves or buy them when they are in season. And I always feel that green pea season is pretty short. Luckily we now have frozen section in every supermarket where you just grab a bag of frozen peas at your convenience.
And guess what? In cooking, frozen peas are as good as the fresh ones! In fact, I rarely use fresh peas in cooking. I prefer eating them raw because they are delicious! What about you? Do any of you like eating fresh peas?
Guys, I guarantee you this is a great soup to make when you are pressed for time or when you don’t know what to make. It only takes one pot. It ticks all the boxes: it’s quick, easy, tasty, light & healthy! By the way, if you are looking for more healthy soup ideas you might want to check this healthy carrot soup or creamy broccoli & celery soup.
Let’s talk about this pea soup a bit more: The prep is very simple: In a pot sauté onion & garlic for a minute or so, before adding frozen peas. Cover with lid and let it cook for 5 minutes. Now it’s time to add vegetable broth. If you are not a vegetarian, feel free to add chicken broth as well. I use anything that I have on hand. And if you have homemade vegetable/chicken broth now it’s time to use it! Bring it to a boil and turn off the heat. Puree the soup until smooth and you are done!
I love adding a dollop of sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and a few slices of smoked salmon for extra flavor, protein and because I like it. But this is completely optional so you can omit these, if you like.
Oh, one last thing to mention. I have made this green pea soup several times and I’ve used various ratios: broth-peas. All I can say here is that it actually depends on your taste what you like. Some of you might like this pea soup thicker so you can add more peas. Those who prefer thinner soups I recommend using either more broth or little less peas. If you ask me, I quite like this consistency.
Green Pea Soup with Smoked Salmon
- 1.5 lb Frozen Green Peas
- 4 cups Vegetable Broth or Chicken broth
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
- 3 Clove Garlic
- 1 Medium Onion
- 1 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt see Note
- Pepper to Taste
- A few Slices of Smoked Salmon optional
- Sour Cream optional
- In a pot, heat the oil. Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté for a minute before adding frozen peas in. Cover with lid and let it cook for 5 minutes.
- Now it’s time to add vegetable broth, salt, pepper and dried parsley. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and puree until smooth.
- Taste it. Add more seasoning, if required.
- Serve with a dollop of sour cream and salmon slices (both are optional).
You might also enjoy this Creamy Zucchini Soup!