Thursday, November 02, 2006

Vegan Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is one of my all time favorites besides my mom's leek and potatoe soup. I find canned soup a bit too salty so today I decided to make my own. The following recipe is a combination of internet recipes, the one from the back of the split pea bag, and just general messing around in the kitchen. I like to use lots of herbs instead of salt and by using minced garlic and a food processor this recipe is soup-er easy to make.

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 tsp minced garlic

  • 2 cups split peas, dried

  • 1/2 cup barley

  • 8 cups water

  • 2 cups carrots sliced

  • 2 cups celery sliced

  • ~2 tsp basil (to taste)

  • ~2 tsp thyme (to taste)

  • pepper to taste
Combine onion, bay leaves, minced garlice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil in a large pot. Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent, about five minutes.

Add peas and barley; stir well. Add water and let simmer over medium/medium low heat for 1 hour or until peas are soft. Keep an eye on the fluids, you may need to add more water.

Add carrots, celery, and seasonings. Let simmer for 20 minutes more. Taste and adjust flavorings as necessary. Enjoy!


nicole said...

It sure smelled good. I think I will have to try this one as I have a vegan friend and enjoy experimenting on him. Where does the food processor come into play?

Adventurous Twenty-Something said...

The food processor was simply for cutting up the vegetables super quick. You definitely don't need one for this recipe.