Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Herbs

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This Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Herbs finished with a lemony yogurt topping is pretty effortless, but it tastes like a million bucks!

Spring Pea and Fresh Herbs Soup in bowls.
Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Herbs

The bright green color of this Spring Pea and Fresh Herbs Soup is lovely. It will fade a little if you save the soup for the next day, but what you trade off in color, you gain in even deeper flavor that comes from the ingredients melding together. The lemony yogurt topping is cool and creamy and brightens up the dish. For more of my favorite pureed soups, try this Cream of Asparagus Leek Soup with Crème Fraiche and Cream of Zucchini Soup.

Pea Soup in a pot.

Spring pea soup ingredients:

  • Scallions
  • Fresh or frozen peas
  • Fresh mint and tarragon
  • Vegetable broth
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Instead of using any cream, I top it with yogurt mixed with lemon zest, coriander, and salt. To make pretty swirls, drag a knife through the dollops. The yogurt makes the pea soup creamy with few extra calories.

What to Serve with Spring Pea Soup

This spring pea soup is delicious as a starter to any meal or as lunch served with a half sandwich. Egg salad or a turkey club are good choices. And you can never go wrong with the classic soup and salad combo.

Variations

  • Omit the yogurt to make it dairy-free.
  • Simplify the ingredients by using all mint or basil instead of a combination of herbs.
  • Refrigerate leftovers up to 4 days.

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Spring Pea and Fresh Herbs Soup

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160 Cals 6.5 Protein 20.5 Carbs 6 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
This Spring Pea and Fresh Herbs Soup with mint and tarragon is finished with a lemony yogurt topping.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or basil
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen green peas
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 lemon, zested and juice reserved
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons whole yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a medium (4 quart) pot over medium heat.
  • Add scallions and tarragon or basil and cook, stirring occasionally until scallions are soften, 4 minutes.
  • Add peas, stir for 1 minute. Add vegetable broth and bring mixture to a simmer and cook until peas are tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove soup from heat and, working batches, use a blender to puree the soup with the mint until smooth.
  • Return the soup to a pot, stir in 2 tablespoons lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  • Keep soup warm until ready to serve.
  • Combine yogurt, lemon zest coriander and a pinch of salt.
  • Dollop soup servings with 2 1/4 teaspoons yogurt mixture just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup soup, 2 1/4 teaspoons yogurt garnish, Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 20.5g, Protein: 6.5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1.5mg, Sodium: 444mg, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugar: 8.5g
Blue Smart Points: 2
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 2
Keywords: pea soup, spring pea soup

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16 comments

  1. One of my favorites. Super creamy and beyond easy to make. The tarragon adds a lovely flavor.

  2. This is the best soup for spring/summer. My husband and I LOVE it. So fresh we make it time and time again. If you’re debating trying this, DO IT.

  3. This was delicious! I used fresh basil instead of tarragon and I think the fresh mint, lemon and salt just make it!   I think it could also be eaten cold.  Very refreshing! 

  4. Made this tonight. Super easy, bright and lovely. The dollop of yogurt with zest made it even nicer. A keeper recipe. And nice points. Thanks!

  5. Does this freeze well? Maybe sans yogurt until ready to eat?

  6. Made this last night and, even though the recipe sounded good, I was surprised at just how good it was! It definitely tastes like spring: fresh, herbal, and bright.  My husband loved it too.  Best of all it was fast and easy to make. I am on dialysis which requires  a very restrictive diet but I didn’t have to modify this recipe except for leaving off the yogurt.  This soup is going in the rotation for sure. Thank you, Gina, for another winner.

  7. Great soup that comes together quickly! My only tweak was to reduce the amount of mint and add some summer savory.

  8. I haven’t made this but I am wondering if it would be good cold?  

    • I was thinking the same thing! I am going to try the recipe and serve it cold – I used to love a soup that I think was similar that was always served cold, but maybe it had diary in the soup?

  9. Do you use the whole scallion, green and white?

  10. Very excited to make this. Very focused on gut health and this fits the bill with fiber, fresh herbs, and coriander

  11. This sounds perfect for Easter dinner! Thank you. For the yogurt can I use low fat plain? 

  12. What is whole yogurt?