Pea, Ginger and Bacon Soup

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This is the kind of soup that makes you fall in love with soup.

It's SO good.

There's the fresh greenness of the peas; a spicy, zingy kick from the ginger and then the salty, crisp bacon rounding it all off. You're going to love it.

You could also have a go at making this with broccoli instead of the frozen peas here - I think it would work really well, too. I use my Kenwood blender for this - there's a special attachment that's a little bit bigger than the others, just for soup - blending it smoothly within seconds. 

Nice and easy. 

Pea, Ginger and Bacon Soup
Serves 3-4
5 rashers of smoked, streaky bacon
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped roughly
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1cm slice of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
200g frozen peas
350ml chicken stock or broth

First, cut the bacon into small chunks and dry-fry in the base of a medium-sized saucepan until golden and sizzling. Remove a couple of tablespoons of the bacon to a saucer for serving later, leaving the rest in the pan. 

Add the garlic, onion and ginger to the pan, and stir for a minute or two until fragrant and until the onions have begun to soften. Tip in the peas and then add the stock. 

Let everything simmer down for about 10-15 minutes, until the peas are cooked through and the onions are soft. Blend the soup until smooth. Want it a bit thicker? Add more peas. Thinner? Add in a little more stock. 

Season with a pinch of salt if needed (be cautious - the bacon and stock will already likely be a bit salty), with the bacon pieces scattered over the top. They add crunchy texture as well as salty, smoky flavour. 

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