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Spring pea soup served with crab

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge
Spring peas make a wonderfully fresh warm or chilled soup. Served with dressed crab and a spoonful of cream.


  1. For the spring pea soup, heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan, when hot fry the onions until soft. Add the peas and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.

  2. Bring the stock to the boil then pour it over the peas and onions. Return to the boil and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, or until the peas are tender.

  3. Drain the peas, reserving a little of the cooking stock. Blend the peas and cooked onions in a food processor with a little of the cooking stock.

  4. Pass through a sieve and set aside to cool in a bowl set over ice to retain the green colour.

  5. For the garnish, mix the olives, Little Gem lettuce, basil, chives, lemon zest, lime juice and zest with the crab meat, then season with salt and pepper. Add a little olive oil, to taste. Set aside.

  6. To serve, place the dressed crab in rings in the centre of shallow bowls. Pour the pea soup around and add a quenelle of double cream on top. Drizzle over a little extra olive oil and season the cream with a little black pepper.


For the spring pea soup

  • 30g/1oz butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 400g/14oz fresh peas
  • 1 litre/1¾ pints chicken stock
  • ice cubes

For the garnish

  • 20g/â…”oz black olives, diced
  • 1 Little Gem lettuce, leaves shredded
  • 10g basil, cut into strips, plus extra to garnish
  • 10g chives, chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 160g/5½oz white crab meat
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil, to taste
  • 100ml/3½fl oz double cream, whipped

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