I am huge fan of simple recipes because my kids actually do a lot of the dinner prep at our house. When I took the 10 year old off of grains, I needed to come up with another soup she could eat besides my Butternut Squash Soup. So, I decided to give split peas a go. This is the recipe that resulted. I tend to cook by smell, not by taste. I also don’t do a lot of measuring. Enjoy 🙂
Simply Seven Split Pea Soup
- split peas, soaked overnight (I think it was about 2-3 cups pre-soaked)
- water (about 2-4 cups)
- vegetable broth (I use about 2 bricks of Pacific organic veg broth*, but it varies)
- 1 large onion (yellow or white) chopped
- 2-3 cups of chopped carrots
- 2-3 cups of chopped celery
- smoked paprika
In a large pot, saute the chopped onion in a little vegetable broth and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. We’re going for a smoky onion smell. I told you I cook by smell. Once the onions are goldenly delicious smelling, add the drained peas, 2 cups of water, more paprika (really going for that smoky smell without the ham), and then fill with vegetable broth until about 1-2 inches above the peas and onions. Bring pot to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 1 hour. Check the peas at the end of the hour, if they are still “crunchy”, keep simmering till tender. Next, add the carrots, celery, more paprika, 1-2 cups of water, and vegetable broth (make it as “soupy” as you like). Bring the pot back to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes to an hour (checking carrots for tenderness). When the carrots are tender, break out the serving ladle and bowls. I serve this to my cooked vegans with a HUGE salad.
My family likes this soup a lot. When they see the split peas in the soaking bowl they start asking when we’re having “split pea soup”. I like to make enough to have left-overs for lunch the next day.
*I use Pacific Brand Vegetable Broth because the don’t add oil to it.
If you somehow mess up this soup (or just don’t like it)… like the pot boils over, or your peas seem to take a ridiculous amount of time to soften and your family is starving (this happened to me the first time I made it), let me give you a quick “run to the grocery store” soup alternative.We keep Amy’s Organic Light in Sodium Lentil Vegetable Soups on hand all the time for just such an emergency. They are delicious, and aside from the oil and salt, have marvelously healthy ingredients.