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Minestra Di Piselli (Green Pea Soup)

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“A fabulous and visually stunning, lemon-flavoured pea soup with a wonderful texture – part blended/part chunky. I found this scrumptious recipe in the first edition - September 2005 - of the new Australian magazine 'Notebook: ideas for living'. It was part of an article on peas and beans. The only changes I have made to the recipe was to use more garlic (the original recipe had 2 cloves of garlic) and to add one leek. I have also posted a recipe for Byessar (Moroccan Broad Bean Dip) Byessar (Moroccan Broad Bean Dip), from the same magazine.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove the peas from the pods.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, heavy-based pan over a medium-high heat, and add the onions, garlic, leek, celery and pancetta; and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.
  3. Add 3 cups of water, bring to the boil and add the peas. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until tender.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the mint with the remaining oil, lemon juice and zest.
  5. Transfer 2 cups of soup to a food processor or blender, and process until smooth; then stir the processed mixture back into the soup, and bring the soup back to the simmer.
  6. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  7. Remove the soup from the heat, stir in the mint mixture, ladle into soup bowls and serve with warm, crusty rolls.
  8. Note: Pancetta is available from butchers and delicatessens in flat and round forms. For this recipe, choose a flat variety that isn't too fatty.

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