Chilled Rhubarb-Pear Soup with Mint

A chilled rhubarb soup sets the perfect tone for a fresh, colorful spring meal. Yes it does. Nothing says spring quite like rhubarb.

Rhubarb is wonderfully tangy but otherwise bland (in my opinion) and has to be paired with other ingredients that have a stronger temperament. Rhubarb-strawberry is a classic combination that I love but I wanted to experiment with a different pairing this time.

My only regret upon tasting this soup was that I didn’t think of combining rhubarb and pear sooner; they tasted like they were made for each other.


I know I say this about every soup I make but this one too tastes better the next day. After the flavors have had time to mingle, the soup tastes more fragrant and the mint flavor, especially, gets to shine a little brighter.




Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


¾ pound rhubarb, chopped (about 4 cups chopped rhubarb)
4 cups water
4 sprigs fresh mint
¼ cup turbinado sugar
2 pears, cored, peeled and chopped


Place the rhubarb, water, mint, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover with a lid. Cook until the rhubarb is very soft, 8 minutes. Add the pears and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Discard the mint.

Transfer to a blender and process into a soup. Let cool then refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Serve cold.

Other rhubarb recipes:

Rhubarb Smoothie with Floral Notes

Other cold soups:

Chilled Apple Soup


6 Responses to “Chilled Rhubarb-Pear Soup with Mint”

  1. 1

    Barbara — 04/20/2012 @ 5:57 am

    Oh yum! I can’t wait to try this pairing. Looks fabulous!

  2. 2

    Dana — 04/20/2012 @ 7:45 am

    As a pear addict, I’m also quite pleased you thought up this combination. Sounds so refreshing!

  3. 3

    Eha — 04/20/2012 @ 6:14 pm

    Not a huge rhubarb lover I will however certainly try this, as can well imagine how pears [in season here at the moment] would balance and sweeten the puree! And so simple to make!

  4. 4

    Lucy — 04/21/2012 @ 11:09 am

    I’ve never tried a sweet soup but it seems like a perfect idea for summer. Love the combination of rhubarb and pear!

  5. 5

    Sara @OneTribeGourmet — 04/28/2012 @ 10:10 pm

    mmm…such a fresh & refreshing soup! I can imagine how tasty it tastes with rhubarb & pears!

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    Connie — 06/09/2012 @ 7:40 pm

    I belong to a group that does different ethnic dinners each month. I have found many wonderful things on this website. I think I will have to try this soup now that it is rhubarb season. I have to bring an appetizer and am finding many options here. Open to suggestions.

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