This very easy soup, made from frozen peas, makes a gorgeous starter. Serve with crusty bread and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 400ml/14 ¼ fl oz chicken or vegetable stock

  • 275g/ 9 ¾ oz frozen peas

  • 4 tablespoons mascarpone cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion for about 5 minutes until it’s softened but not coloured. Add the stock and as soon as it is boiling, add the peas. Return to the boil and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the mascarpone, basil and season with salt and pepper.

  • 2.

    Blitz the soup in a food processor or blender or using a hand blender until smooth. Serve with some chunky bread.

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