Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Student Suppers: Pea & Mozzarella Soup

I've actually posted this Pea & Mozzarella soup recipe on this blog before, as one of my original Student Suppers recipes, but because my food photography was so awful back at the beginning, and because it is still one of my firm favourites I felt like it needed a bit of a do over. It is adapted from Nigella Lawson's book Feast where she has it listed as 'Slime Soup' in her Halloween section. It is the perfect Student Supper as it is super cheap, super delicious and super easy. I'm not joking when I say you can have it on the table in 15 minutes.
DSC_1133

This soup serves one for a very large bowl, or two people as a starter. Also another little side note, this time on the bowl. Sometimes I get questions about where I get the plates and dishes I use in my food photos. Most are very old, but I'm gradually adding to my collection so when I'm using something that is still available, I'll be sure to link to it. Because it is next to The White Company at Westfield, Stratford City I recently fell in love with Zara Home and I think a lot more of my tableware is going to be sourced from there in future. I was looking for a tall cereal/ soup bowl in blue to replace this pair I had in Los Angeles, and I came across this wonderful bowl for only £3.99. You can also get matching plates, tea cups and mugs, and the collection also comes in red and a nice bright, lime green.


  • 1 Large Mozzarella Ball
  • 2 Spring Onions
  • 225g (9 oz) Frozen Petits Pois (plain old peas also work, but these are sweeter)
  • 675 ml (1 1/2 Cups) Vegetable or Chicken Stock
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Halve each spring onion and put small slashes in each half with a sharp knife to allow the flavour from the onions to infuse into the soup. Add the onions and the frozen peas to the stock and allow to cook over a high heat for about 4 minutes until the peas are tender. Remove from the heat and fish out the onions and throw them away. Using a stick blender (one of the kitchen utensils I really could not live without for sauces and soups, Breville have some really great value ones in pastel colours right now) blitz the peas and stock until smooth. Roughly chop the mozzarella into small to medium chunks. Return the pea soup to the heat and season to taste. Once it has heated through stir in the mozzarella pieces until they have started to melt and string together. Serve with another few grinds of pepper to finish and enjoy!


What are your favourite Autumn soups? May I also recommend my Basic Chicken Soup and Warming Carrot Soup for this time of year? And, as it was originally intended, this soup would make a fantastic addition to a Halloween feast (I have more spooky recipes to follow!)

18 comments:

  1. this soup looks delicious! I make something similar but I've never thought of adding mozzarella I can't wait to try that next time I make it! I love Zara Home, I'm so glad there isn't one in Canterbury or I would never leave!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yep, you see my problem now is that my local Waitrose is Westfield Stratford, so I always find a way of going via Zara Home & The White Company en route to my weekly shop on a Monday morning. Ergo, if I have a particular recipe in my head I want to do like this one, I'm too tempted when I find the perfect bowl to do it in!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yummy! I love soups at the time of the year, they're so easy and so good! <3

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm up sort of that way working in Hackney next week, are you free to meet up for a coffee at some point?

    ReplyDelete
  5. This sounds delicious and is so easy!! Need to make it soon. I need a new flask to take soups to work in!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Only Monday around when I have class 2pm to 4pm :( Rest of the week I'm booked in at The Globe Theatre archives for my dissertation research/ getting train back to Canterbury to shoot my Halloween recipes over the weekend Thursday. Unless you want a Canterbury coffee date on Friday/ the weekend?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh, a soup flask sounds like such a great idea for a working lunch. However, if you want to try this for a take in soup, I suggest you chop the mozzarella and take it in separately, and add it top the soup once you've microwaved it. If you microwave it with the cheese already in it will clump into one gooey cheese ball, lovely, but not as lovely as lots of lovely cheesy bits throughout the soup!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Definitely a good one to take to work, i've switched from salads to taking my place in the mile long microwave queue at lunchtimes. Love the bright green colour and the sound of the stringy cheese

    ReplyDelete
  9. This looks so yummy, Rachel! I've gotta admit - I usually stay away from pea soup because it involves a lot more work than I'm willing to put in, but this recipe sounds so easy and delicious! I'll definitely be trying it this weekend!


    Melanie
    www.laceandcombatboots.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. This sounds great. Never thought of putting mozzarella in a soup before.



    Katie & Kay xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  11. Friday sounds good I finish work at 4.30 so any time after that works for me :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Could meet you after work. I'll Twitter DM you x

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love chicken soup! When Autumn is here I'm all about soups; chicken curry soup is so good!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I've seen lots of pea soup recipes but never with mozzarella in them!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh this looks so good! I was just looking at some new soup ideas on bbcgooofood. They've got a great courgette/potato/cheddar one.

    xx
    http://sundaesbest.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  16. This looks delicious! Another recipe from your blog I need to try out... :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Let me know how it turns out! x

    ReplyDelete
  18. This sounds so simple and delicious. I could eat frozen peas every day.

    ReplyDelete