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.

7 comments:

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

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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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