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Springtime Watercress And Pea Soup


Delicate peas and watercress adorn a rich and flavorful chicken broth.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
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  • Success Rating: 95% (?)
    0% - I fed it to the dog


Step 1: Heating the Broth

Heating the Broth
  • 8 cups Chicken Broth Soup Base (Rouxbe recipe)
  • kosher salt (to taste)


In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a simmer over medium to medium-high heat. Taste the broth for seasoning and adjust with salt.

Step 2: Preparing Your Mise en Place

Preparing Your Mise en Place
  • 1 1/3 cups watercress
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas


Wash and spin dry the watercress. Trim off any tough stems. Gather the peas and set aside.

Step 3: Preparing the Soup

Preparing the Soup
  • shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)


To prepare the soup, add the peas to the broth and simmer until just tender, about 3 minutes or so.

In the mean time, divide the watercress among 4 warm bowls. Ladle the hot broth over top. Serve immediately with shaved Parmesan cheese over top.

Chef's Notes


  • Sunnie S
    Sunnie S
    This soup was quite beautiful in its finished form. My chicken broth was nice and clear so the peas and watercress looked so pretty floating in it. I added pre-made cheese tortellini as I was serving this for dinner. Very good!
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Sunnie: Oh, that sounds divine. The broth was a good and flavorful base for your cheese tortellini and I imagine that it was a very beautiful, finished dish. Thanks for sharing. -Char

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