Pea Soup – 20p Budget Meal

This is a pea soup. While it doesn’t sound the most exciting, the lemon dressing makes even this humble bowl a standout dinner.

Plus, it only costs 18.5p per portion – you can’t go wrong!

  1. You will need:
  2. Check out the recipe video:
  3. Optional Extras:
  4. And the how to:
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You will need:
  • 1 onion (10p)
  • 200g peas (10p)
  • 1 stock cube (10p)
  • 150ml water
  • 5ml lemon juice (5ml)
  • 5ml olive oil (5ml)
Check out the recipe video:
Optional Extras:
  • 1 baguette (30p)
  • 60g cheddar (40p)
  • 2 slices of bread (10p)
  • 10ml oil for croutons (10p)
  • 20g butter (20p)
And the how to:
  • First, prep your onion by removing the skin and slicing or dicing it – how big or small the pieces are doesn’t really matter as we’ll be blending it anyway.
    • As a general rule, the thinner you slice things the quicker they’ll cook, so if you are trying to save money on gas/electric, this is worth keeping in mind.
  • Now put the onion along with 5ml oil into a pan and cook on a medium heat until the onion begins to brown and soften.
  • While this cooks, make your dressing by putting the remaining 5ml of olive oil and 5ml of lemon juice in a container (old spice jars work great) and shaking for around 30 seconds, just until emulsified.
  • Now the onions are browned, add the stock cube, frozen peas, and water and return to the heat. If you’re making grilled cheese, put it under the grill now.
    • If you have hot water leftover from a cup of coffee or tea, use that. It will save you the cost of bringing a pan of liquid up to a boil and a bit of time.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, remove it from the heat and blend.
    • If it isn’t blending, add a little extra water to thin it until it blends easily and becomes smooth.
  • Finally, plate up the soup and drizzle the lemon dressing over it to finish. Serve with croutons, bread and butter, grilled cheese, side salad, or anything else you’d like.

That’s it! Simple as that. Tell me what you think – have you made this recipe? Will you? Let me know in the comments!

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Published by cbpowellwrites

I'm a writer of science-fiction, fantasy epics, and other speculative fiction works and have a little blog focused on writing and how to become a better writer. Hopefully it is helpful to others, and I'd love to hear more feedback and have more in-depth discussions on all thing creativity. Before turning to writing I worked for a number of years as a chef, following on from my time as a writing and performing guitarist in the South West of England. Perhaps I will upload some music from these days at some point...

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