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Pea Shoots & Asparagus, Lemony Spring Soup

Asparagus is part of a springtime triumvirate, joining sweet peas and fresh mint as a cherished sign of the season. Pea Shoots & Asparagus spring soup can be served hot or cold. Lemon zest is a tasty flavor accent with asparagus. I ladle the soup into small cups for a refreshing start to a meal.

Green pea shoots

Pea shoots are a real find for a kitchen maestro. These are leaves on traditional garden pea plant which can be harvested every couple of weeks, they are tender and full of flavor. Try to replace with them your traditional salad greens or add some to your soups and be surprised!


This beautiful purple asparagus came from our community garden, very sweet and flavorful.


This soup is so simple – in terms of ingredients and preparation. It would provide an elegant start to a dinner party.

Pea Shoots & Asparagus, Lemony Spring Soup

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  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb. fresh asparagus, chopped
  • 1 cup sweet green peas
  • bunch of pea shoots
  • 1 small zucchini, cubed
  • finely chopped parsley
  • lemon zest of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3-4 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • mint for garnish



Melt the butter in a pan and sauté the onions until it is soft. Add the asparagus, green peas, zucchini and cook for 10 minutes. Add lemon zest, parsley, mint, pea shoots and cook for one more minute.


Working in batches, puree the soup in a food processor until smooth. Heat the soup, stirring occasionally for a few more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, garnish with the mint and serve.

Green peas in glass

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  • Reply
    May 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    The color really reminds me of spring! Such a lovely bright green..

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    May 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    love, love, love! gorgeous.

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    May 2, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Lovely soup and shots! I particularly like the pictures of the asparagus (4th from the top).



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    Irmina Díaz-Frois Martín
    May 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Yelena, me gusta mucho su página.
    Un saludo.

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    May 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Never knew about pea shoot…They look so pretty and tender…love the pics as always…the soup sounds yummy
    Shema | LifeScoops

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    May 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Какая красота!

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    Kankana Saxena
    May 4, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Pea shoots, yes I have to look for those! Haven't tried yet, can you believe it ? 🙂 Love the pretty presentation of the soup.

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    May 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I love asparagus and I love peas! I often have soups with peas, but never tried adding asparagus. I bet it's really good! The color is lovely!

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