pea and lettuce soup with poached eggs

serves 4, prep 20 mins, cook 25 mins, freezable

For a wallet-friendly, healthy lunch, try this fresh pea and lettuce soup. Cooking with lettuce is a great way to use it up, and the earthy flavour pairs well with sweet peas and fragrant mint. Topped with a poached egg, this simple soup makes a filling meal.

15g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
3 shallots, finely sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1 large round lettuce, leaves separated and roughly chopped
400g frozen petits pois
1 vegetable stock cube, made up with 900ml hot water
small handful fresh mint leaves
4 eggs
small handful fresh dill, leaves picked

Melt the butter with the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the shallots and garlic. Fry for 5-6 mins until tender but not brown. Stir in the lettuce and, when it has wilted, add the peas, stock and mint. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, season and simmer for 7-10 mins, until thickened slightly.

Remove from the heat and blitz the soup with a stick blender. Season.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to a simmer. Make a whirlpool in the centre by stirring rapidly with the handle of a wooden spoon. Allow the swirl to almost subside, then crack the eggs directly into it. Poach for 3 mins over a low heat. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon; set aside.

Divide the soup between 4 bowls. Top each one with a poached egg and some dill leaves.
Tip: Use fresh stock or vegetable stock pots instead of cubes to make this soup gluten-free.

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date.

Fibre 7g, Carbs 13.6g, Cals 228g