Food Fridays: Cheat’s Pea Soup⁠

With only a few ingredients (including some that you might already have in your freezer), this recipe is super budget-friendly while still being nutritious and delicious! ⁠

With cold temperatures still hanging around, soup is a go-to for comfort and warmth. This Cheat’s Pea Soup is a hearty recipe that will get you through the last couple weeks of winter.⁠

This soup uses frozen spinach and peas, making this recipe budget-friendly and packed full of vitamin C! The addition of smoked ham and whole wheat fusilli helps to bulk up this meal, so it can be enjoyed alongside a salad, another protein, or completely on its own. ⁠

Coming together in under 30 minutes, this recipe is fast, cheap and full of flavour. Try it out today!⁠


  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 300 g frozen peas
  • 300 g frozen chopped spinach
  • 100 g smoked ham
  • ½ a bunch of fresh mint, (15g)
  • 300 g dried wholewheat fusilli
  • 50 g feta cheese


  1. Trim 1 bunch of spring onions and place in a blender with 300g of frozen peas and 300g of frozen spinach.
  2. Tear in 100g of smoked ham, pick in the leaves from ½ a bunch of fresh mint (15g), then cover with 400ml of boiling kettle water.
  3. Put the lid on securely, cover it with a tea towel and, holding it in place, blitz until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and help it along, if needed. Pour into a large pan on high heat and add another 1.2 litres of boiling kettle water.
  4. Smash up 300g of wholewheat fusilli into random shapes – the easiest way is to wrap it in a tea towel and attack it with a rolling pin – and stir into the soup.
  5. Bring back to a boil, then simmer until the pasta is cooked through, stirring regularly and adding splashes of water to loosen, if needed. Taste the soup, and season to perfection.
  6. Divide the soup between bowls or mugs, then use a speed-peeler to shave over 50g of feta in fine strips, before tucking in.


Leftover feta? It’s super versatile, but it doesn’t keep for a long time once opened so store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s beautiful with smoked ham and a little mint in an easy frittata.

Recipe by Jamie Oliver