Monday, December 22, 2008

Split Pea Soup

A cold weekend like ours definitely called for soup. My choice of recipes was easy since we had ingredients on hand for split pea soup. This is a standard version using Liquid Smoke for the smoky flavor (tempeh bacon would do as well) and garnished with Sriracha for a little heat. There are so many possible variations with flavors such as curry powder or coconut milk that I can see returning to this soup again and again over the winter.

Split Pea Soup
Adapted from Oxmoor House
Makes about 8 servings

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large red onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups vegetable broth
16 ounces dried green split peas, checked for debris, rinsed and drained
1 Tablespoon Liquid Smoke
1 teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper, to taste
2 bay leaves
Sriracha or other hot sauce

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion, pepper, and carrots for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute about 30 seconds. Add broth, peas, Liquid Smoke, basil, salt and pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 1 hour or until peas are done. Remove bay leaves and puree with an immersion blender to desired consistency. Add hot sauce to individual servings if desired.


  1. Ooh, I could use some soup with the -22C temps we've got here! Gorgeous photo--love the Santa :)

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. I LOVE Split Pea Soup. Especially for breakfast =)

  3. Yum, sounds good - I've got a bag of split peas that are sitting in my cupboard, neglected!

  4. you know what Lisa?! i don't recall ever having split pea soup. and i don't know why i haven't yet because i looooove peas! thanks for the recipe - we'll have to work it into our "soup 'n bread night" soon! it looks like the yummiest shade of green! mmmmmmmm!

  5. It sure has been cold, and this soup sure seems to be a perfect remedy! I love Mr. Snowman!

  6. I've had a bag of split peas on the shelf for so long - thanks for the inspiration to put them to good use! It's definitely soup season here.


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