The key to making any day better is to wake up and decide what you will be having for dinner and making the necessary preparations. With dinner planned, everything else falls into place. The very definition of a crisis brewing is to arrive at the appointed eating time without a plan or proper ingredients.
My sister Meg gave me this recipe. I like to prepare it in the morning knowing it will be perfect by evening. I love it because it’s everything that’s delicious about pea soup without greasy ham in it. You can make it vegetarian or vegan (just omit the butter), and either way, it’s delish and keeps in the fridge for a few days.
I don’t think I’ve ever made it the same way twice. I just use whatever veggies I have on hand. Depending on how much liquid (water or broth) is added, will determine whether it’s more of a soup or a stewp (a thick stew-like soup). If you add potatoes, it’s pretty much a given you’re having stewp. Which is fine.
If the veggies are quite fresh and flavourful, I use water instead of broth. If the veggies are lacking in vibrance, broth saves the day.
Meg’s Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 medium or large onion (I use white or red onions)
- dash of cooking oil and/or butter
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery
- potato (optional)
- bay leaf (optional)
- salt and pepper (if not using broth)
- 1 cup split peas (I use dry, organic split peas)
- 4-6 cups water or vegetable broth
- Chop everything really fine.
- In a soup pot, soften onion and garlic in some oil and/or butter.
- Add carrots, celery, and potato (peel them if you prefer). Cook on medium-high, stirring until tender-ish.
- Rinse split peas with water. Remove weird looking ones.
- Add split peas, seasonings, and water or broth.
- Bring to boil, then simmer for 2-3 hours until split peas are tender.
- Remove the bay leaf.
Meg serves the soup with her delightful, homemade cornbread. Personally, I have to avoid the cornbread because I end up wanting a bite with every taste of soup! Oink. Oink.
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Love a little dessert? How about a little cookie cheese cake?