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Split Pea Soup

Simple 5-ingredient split pea soup. Hot, creamy and comforting on a cold day.
Two bowls of green and yellow pea and vegetable soup.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Makes: 9 Cups
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

1 cup sliced or grated carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cups dry split peas (yellow or green)
7 cups low-sodium broth (any type)

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Rinse or scrub fresh vegetables under running water before preparing.
  3. In a large saucepan, sauté carrot, onion and celery in oil until just beginning to brown.
  4. Add split peas and broth. Bring to a boil. Cover pan and reduce heat to low.
  5. Simmer until peas are as soft as you like, 45 to 60 minutes or longer.
  6. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Broth can be homemade, canned or made using bouillon. For each cup of broth use 1 cup very hot water and 1 teaspoon or 1 cube bouillon.
  • Try adding ham. Use a ham bone or ham hock with the broth or water. Add 1 cup of chopped ham and a dash of ground cloves to the soup.
  • If you like curry flavors, try adding 1 Tablespoon curry powder and ½ teaspoon each garlic powder, cumin and turmeric.  Taste and adjust seasonings as you like.
  • This recipe can be made in a 5-quart or larger slow cooker for extra convenience. Put all ingredients except the oil into the cooker, cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.

Comments

Made this classic recipe for a demostration in a grocery store and it was awesome! People were really impressed when I told them I spent under $8 to make the entire crockpot of soup! Obviously the cooking time takes much longer in a crock-pot so if you plan on cooking it that way, plan on the entire day!

I added the suggested 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and also 1/4 teaspoon of dried Oregano to my soup, and served it with whole grain toast. Yum! 

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