Green Pea & Asparagus Soup with Feta, Mint & Pita Croutons
Feta cheese and pita croutons add tangy flavor and delicious crunch to every spoonful of this springy asparagus soup.
For the Soup
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, roughly chopped
- 2-3/4 cups frozen green peas, divided
- 1 bunch (about 1 pound) asparagus, trimmed and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Heaping 1/2 cup (3 ounces) feta, divided
- 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
For the Pita Croutons
- 1 large pita, split open and cut into 1/2-inch squares
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, 6-7 minutes.
- Add 2-1/4 cup of the peas, the asparagus, chicken broth, salt and pepper; increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, until vegetables are very tender.
- Add the honey, 1/3 cup of the feta, lemon juice and mint. Using a hand-held immersion blender, purée the soup until smooth (it's okay to leave it a bit chunky if you like). If you don't have an immersion blender, cool the soup slightly, then purée in a blender in batches. Be sure to leave the hole in the lid open and cover with a kitchen towel to allow the steam to escape. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and more lemon if desired.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup of frozen peas and simmer until warmed through. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the remaining feta, mint and pita croutons. Serve hot or cold.
For Pita Croutons
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic and salt. Place the pita bread on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the seasoned olive over top and toss until evenly coated. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until golden and crisp.
- Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The soup can be frozen (without the garnishes) for up to 3 months. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours and then reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.
- Per serving (6 servings)
- Calories: 289
- Fat: 16g
- Saturated fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 28g
- Sugar: 11g
- Fiber: 7g
- Protein: 12g
- Sodium: 853mg
- Cholesterol: 13mg