Split Pea Soup

Split pea is a very nutritiously dense legume.  One that should be added to a healthy diet due to its many health benefits.  The most common way to eat split peas is in a split pea soup.  Here is a totally plant based version.  I love this soup.

Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large garlic clove, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pinch of cayenne

4 cups vegetable broth (Click Here for the Recipe)

3/4 cup chopped carrots

3/4 cup chopped potato

1 cup dried split peas (presoak in water for 4-6 hours or overnight)

Optional:  1/2 c fresh spinach

Instructions:

In a medium size pot sauté the chopped onion with olive oil until the onion is slightly translucent.  Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 more minutes.

Next add the seasonings (oregano, marjoram, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and cayenne).  Pour in the vegetable stock and add the carrots, potatoes, and split peas.

Cook covered for 45-55 minutes until the peas are tender.  Enjoy with bread, crostini, or drop biscuits!

 

Suggestion:  For a greener and more appetizing color, blend 1/2 c fresh spinach with a little of the soup broth and then add to the soup.  You will be amazed at the color difference.

Remember to remove the bay leaf and discard before serving.  It is also a good idea to rinse the split peas thoroughly before adding to the soup.

 

 

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