Split Pea Soup
The thick, warm and comforting Split Pea Soup is just the ticket to warm you on a cold day. Filled with veggies that disappear after you purée the mixture, it’s great for family members or friends who don’t like veggies that they can see! The recipe is very flexible with what veggies you use, so this is a good time to use those leftovers—half a carrot or zucchini, a handful of kale or spinach, a lone radish or potato. The soup keeps in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and freezes well. You can cook up a double batch and freeze for future meals. I used a vegan broth and kept the soup vegan but add chicken or beef broth or bones for a heartier soup. You can also add sausage for a spicier taste. So very good!
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Split Pea Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks with leaves, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
2 small potatoes, chopped
1 parsnip, chopped
1 sweet bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 radish, sliced
A large handful of kale, thick ribs cut out and torn into small pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup split peas
6 cups broth
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon thyme
Warm 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy soup pot. Add onions and sauté for a few minutes until onions are translucent. Add celery, carrot, potatoes, sweet bell pepper, kale and garlic. Sauté until vegetables are softened. Add split peas.
Mix spices together and add to pot, stirring until vegetables are covered with the spices.
Add broth. Bring to a boil, then heat to turn down heat to simmer for 40 minutes or until vegetables and split peas are soft.
Taste and adjust seasoning. Add croutons, green onions or grated Parmesan cheese for garnish, if desired.
Don’t like peas? Use lentils in place of split peas.
Allium free: Use 1/2 bulb of slice fennel in place of onions. Radishes work too, with a bit more kick.
Heartier: Use a bone broth or chicken stock for a heartier flavor and additional protein.