Pea Soup with Pancetta


  • 1 litrepints chicken stock
  • 500g frozen peas
  • 10g fresh tarragon leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 very thin slices pancetta (cut on the thinnest possible setting)


  1. Heat the chicken stock in a saucepan until it is simmering. Add the peas and simmer for 2 minutes, or until just tender. Stir in the tarragon and salt.
  2. After that, put the mixture to a food processor and blend for a few short blasts to a rough-textured soup. Return the soup to the saucepan and keep it warm over a low heat.
  3. Using a pair of tongs, heat each slice of pancetta over the gas flame of your hob for a few seconds until it crisps up. Alternatively, if you don’t have a gas ignition, preheat your grill to its highest setting, lay the slices of pancetta onto a baking tray and grill for 1-2 minutes, or until crisp.
  4. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls. Break the crisp pancetta into pieces and sprinkle on top of the soup.