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Cooking For One - Pea Soup

You all know her...

Or maybe you are her: the woman at the grocery store pushing a shopping trolley with Lean Cuisine meals, muesli bars, and tins of whiskers cat food. She might as well be wearing a neon sign that flashes, "Alone, alone, ALONE!"

Or maybe you’re the bloke at the restaurant. “Take away for one please” you offer. You may as well have said “Alone, alone, ALONE!”

Sure cooking for one doesn't sound like fun but we all know how much a nutritious home cooked meal can just feed your soul (and wonderful for the body too).

I know its summer and soups are kind of out but lately it’s been raining here in Sydney. So this yummy soup my girlfriend made for me came to mind.

So easy and delish. Hope you enjoy.


Caitlin’s Pea and Basil Soup
With Parmesan Toast


  • 2 Slices Bread (frozen is fine)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Butter
  • ½ garlic clove crushed
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 500g bag of frozen Peas
  • 1 Jar Basil Pesto (or you could make your own)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 180C and “Polly pop the kettle on” (One of Caitlin’s favourite things to say :)
  • Butter your two slices of bread with a generous spreading of butter.
  • Spread the crushed garlic over the bread too and top it with the Parmesan.
  • Pop them in the oven for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them though. They are divine with the butter melting through the bread and the parmesan just slightly golden.
  • In the meantime, bring peas to the boil with boiling water from the kettle (the one that Polly put on ;). Add enough water until the peas are just covered. You could add more or less depending on the thickness you’d like.
  • Season to your taste with salt and pepper and cook a few minutes until peas just cooked through. This will give it a lovely vibrant green colour.
  • Stir through your basil pesto and whiz with your stick blender.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with your toast. I like them cut into strips. Awesome for dunking.


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