Velouté of Peas with Bacon Gnocchi and Mint Chantilly

Entertain four guests for under 10 euro with this budget-friendly starter.


  • 1 small bag of frozen peas
  • 2 streaky bacon (slices)
  • 100 ml cream
  • 100 g potato (mashed)
  • 1 egg
  • 25 g flour
  • dried mint
  • chicken bouillon
  • salt/sugar


  1. Put peas into a small pot with a pinch of salt/ sugar.
  2. Just cover the peas with cold water and add a splash of cream.
  3. Bring to the boil as quick as possible when it reaches the boil blend in liquidiser until smooth.
  4. For the gnocchi, cut one slice of bacon into small pieces and fry until crispy.
  5. Put the potato, flour, egg and bacon into a bowl with a little seasoning and mix vegetable until it becomes a soft dough.
  6. Roll with your hands into a long tube and cut into one inch pieces.
  7. Put into boiling salted water, when the gnocchi floats remove from the water and place into an ice bath.
  8. For the mint Chantilly, lightly whip some cream and add a spoon of dried mint, season and leave in the fridge until required.
  9. To serve, place 5/6 pieces of gnocchi in each bowl, cover with hot soup and spoon in some mint Chantilly.


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