Altamura pea soup (Minestra di piselli di Altamura)

With smashed pasta & plenty of herbs

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Altamura pea soup (Minestra di piselli di Altamura)

Altamura pea soup (Minestra di piselli di Altamura)

Serves 4
Cooks In40 minutes
DifficultySuper easy
Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 347 17%
  • Fat 9.6g 14%
  • Saturates 2g 10%
  • Sugars 9.1g 10%
  • Salt 3.1g 52%
  • Protein 11.6g 23%
  • Carbs 58.1g 22%
  • Fibre 5.6g -
Of an adult's reference intake
Recipe From

Jamie's Italy

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions
  • olive oil
  • 4 large handfuls of freshly podded peas
  • 1.1 litres organic chicken stock
  • 255 g dried spaghetti
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint , optional
  • 1 sprig of fresh basil , optional
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary , optional
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley
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Jamie's Italy

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Method

  1. Peel and finely chop the onions. Pour a good lug of olive oil into a pan, add the onions and fry slowly for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the peas and chicken stock, bring to the boil and simmer for another 10 minutes or so.
  3. Break the spaghetti into 2.5cm lengths. Bring some salted water to the boil and cook your spaghetti for half the time it says on the packet, then drain and add it to the pea soup to finish cooking.
  4. It's nice to tie up the sprigs of herbs and pop them into the soup to give it a lovely fragrance, removing them before serving.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, have a taste of the soup and season carefully with sea salt and black pepper.
  6. Chop the parsley and divide the soup between the bowls. Drizzle over a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the parsley.

Tips

I've only ever made this soup with freshly podded peas, but frozen peas work well too.

If I'm using fresh peas, what I like to do to make the soup even more tasty is to boil up the stock with the shells of the peas. You can do this while you're frying the onions. Then you can strain the stock onto your onions and peas when they're ready and fill the pan up again with water to boil your spaghetti while the soup simmers.