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Spring Cleaning with Pea Soup


Feeling sluggish after a long winter of rich foods and lack of exercise?  Never fear, spring is here! As the weather warms up, Mother Nature provides spring veggies that help cleanse and energize us.  Lots of peas, asparagus, spinach, dandelion greens…
I am getting ready for the farmer’s markets…look out pea lady!

Here is my ultimate favorite soup recipe~Bean, Pea, and Leek Soup!

This soup serves 6 people (although, I eat at least half the pot so you will have to judge yourself)


1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for drizzling

2 large leeks, white and tender green parts only, sliced

1 Tbs chopped fresh mint

1 lb. fresh peas, shelled (1 ¾ cups fresh or frozen peas)

1 cup canned organic navy beans, with their liquid (Eden Foods is a good brand)

Sea salt

½ – 1 cup drained sauerkraut, to taste (if you want, I love using this…just make sure to get raw)

Let’s get started:

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the leeks, mint, and ½ teaspoon salt, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the leeks are tender, 4-5 minutes.

Add the peas, beans, and 4 cups of the bean liquid (top it up with water or vegetable stock if you don’t have enough cooking liquid left or are using canned beans).  Cover, bring the soup to a simmer, and cook until the peas are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the sauerkraut and simmer for 2 more minutes.  Season with salt to taste.  Eat it up! (and let me tell you, you will!)

From The Flexitarian Table by Peter Berley

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11 Responses to Spring Cleaning with Pea Soup

Liz Longacre

So funny I just bought leeks a few days ago for the first time in over a year!! I’ve been meaning to cook them up cause they’re so yummy! I must have been reading your mind! 🙂


    Oh, Liz! Let me know if you try the recipe…it is really, really, kick-ass, I will tell you. I will be making a whole pot this weekend. We are so connected, sista.:)


This soup is amazing! This was part of the spring detox and I have to say this was my favorite menu yet! I will definitely use these recipes in my everyday life–not just during detox. You’ve outdone yourself, Lisa. Thanks for the endless support!


    I know, isn’t it!!!! I am making some this week for lunch. So thrilled you are lovin’ the spring detox. thank you, thank you!Can’t wait to hear more from you. xo


Tried the soup last night. It was so easy to make and my husband and I both really loved it! It’s a keeper! I brought the leftovers for lunch today and can’t wait for lunch! No sauerkraut in the house so we had it without. Can’t say I’m too upset about that as I really don’t dig sauerkraut (can’t get past that foul odor) but I’m willing to give it a try with the ‘kraut. I spaced out and thought it was two BUNCHES of leeks instead of two leeks so I bought way too much and now need to figure out what to do with it, so I may be making more of this soup sooner than I thought! (unless you have any other good leek recipes, Lisa)

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Oooh, good, Steph! I make this soup a lot! I mean, a lot! It is a staple here. Plus when the peas are in season, damn, so even more delicious. AND very cool that Mark liked it too. It always helps when your partner loves the food you do! Enjoy my dear! (oh and the ‘kraut, I actually love that kick, but not necessary).

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