This Pea Miso Soup Has Some Seriously Immune-Boosting Ingredients
One of the delights of the summer season is getting a new batch of fresh, seasonal veggies (say goodbye to root veggies for now). Whether it's a full-to-the-brim CSA box or a romp around your local farmers market, 'tis the season for experimenting with new produce.
Pea Green Miso Soup
- Bunch of coriander
- 5 spring onions
- 5 to 25 grams ginger, depending on how gingery you want your soup to be
- 3 garlic cloves
- Splash of olive oil
- 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns
- 650 mL boiling water
- 2 tablespoons miso paste
- 500 grams frozen peas
- Get out your blender or food processor.
- Rinse your coriander under the tap, picking out any brown leaves, then chop it roughly with a pair of scissors straight into the blender, keeping a small handful for garnishing the soup later. You can chop your spring onions with kitchen scissors too, and it saves on the washing up. Into the blender with them as well, again keeping a little for later. Peel the ginger with the blunt side of the scissors, rubbing it vigorously—the skin will just come right away. Roughly chop the ginger and put that in the blender, along with the garlic cloves, peeled but not chopped.
- Blitz, drizzling a splash of olive oil through the hole in the top to help things along, and then slowly squeezing in the juice of the lime. Limes can be tricky—mine yielded only about a tablespoon of juice (pathetic)—so go easy and stop the blender every so often to have a taste.
- Grind the white and Szechuan peppercorns with a pestle and mortar, set a pinch aside for later, and tip the rest into the blender. Don't be tempted to add any salt, as the miso will make the soup salty enough. Blitz on high for 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed; the finer you get this paste now, the smoother your final soup will be.
- Scrape out the paste into a saucepan, and set it on low heat, stirring gently. Put the kettle on, and when it comes to a boil, measure the 650 mL of water straight into the saucepan. Add the miso and stir like mad, then simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring regularly to stop it sticking.
- Turn the heat back up so the soup comes to a rolling boil, then add the peas and simmer for a couple of minutes, but no more: Peas overcook so easily.
- Take the soup off the heat and either tip it back into the blender and blitz again, or use a hand blender in the pan until the soup is reasonably smooth. I like mine with a bit of texture: It feels to me somehow more hearty, more satisfying.
- Ladle into bowls and scatter with the reserved coriander, spring onions, and pepper.
Caroline Muggia has a B.A. in Environmental Studies & Psychology from Middlebury College. She received her E-RYT with Yoga Works and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. A writer and environmental advocate, she is passionate about helping people live healthier and more sustainable lives. You can usually find her drinking matcha or spending time by the ocean.