Chilled Summer Lettuce, Lovage and Garden Pea Soup

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“A delightful and refreshing chilled soup for summer - this savoury soup takes its flavour from freshly chopped lovage leaves, which impart a savoury, lemony and celery-like taste. I like to serve this pale green soup in clear glass bowls for maximum impact, with a few chopped leaves sprinkled on top and a swirl of cream. This soup makes an elegant starter for any summer event or a light luncheon dish. Do not be tempted to add more lovage then is suggested, it is a very strong flavoured herb and can be overpowering if used with a heavy hand!”
3hrs 10mins
4 Bowls

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 -5 medium spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • butter or olive oil
  • 1 large cos lettuce or 2 large butterhead lettuce
  • 250 g fresh garden peas or 250 g frozen peas
  • 1 liter vegetable stock
  • 5 -6 leaves fresh lovage, leaves (plus 4 more to garnish)
  • salt and pepper
  • cream, for garnish (optional)


  1. Sweat the spring onions in the oil or butter until soft, then add the peas and lettuce. Pour over two-thirds of the stock, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 5 minutes, or until the peas are tender.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the lovage leaves then blend the soup with a hand blender or in a liquidiser. Thin the soup to your preferred texture with the remaining stock. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the soup in a container and chill in the fridge for at least 2 to 3 hours. Serve chilled with chopped lovage leaves and a swirl of cream.

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