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Thursday, 25 November 2010

How to make creamy green pea soup.

This recipe helps provide calcium, which can often be lacking in a strict vegetarian or vegan diet. It looks and tastes good, is quick to prepare and keeps for a couple of days in the fridge, so it can be made in advance.

2 onions diced.
15oz frozen peas.
10floz milk
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
21/2 pints of vegetable stock.
2tsp vegetarian margarine.
2tsp corn flour.
2tsp sugar.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Gently fry the onions in the olive oil until they are soft. Add half the corn flour and stir for a couple of minutes, remove from the heat and add about a quarter of the stock. Whisk briskly until very smooth and then add the rest of the stock and the sugar. Return to the heat, add the peas and simmer for ten minutes. Slowly add the milk and the remaining corn flour, season to taste and then heat until almost boiling. Liquidize the soup in a blender or pass through a fine sieve. Serve in warmed bowls with garlic bread, you can sprinkle a few chopped herbs over the top just before serving.

This dish can be made vegan if you use vegan spread and soya milk.

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