Spice in the Kitchen: Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe


As a lacto-vegetarian, I like to vary my sources of protein. Organic dairy, a little bit of soy (from what I have read soy is not so great for your body, but fermented soy like tempeh is OK in moderation), beans, whole grains, etc. Split peas are an very excellent, super awesome source of vegetarian protein. For dinner, I like to do a bean dish every now and then. Split pea soup is a simple, nutritious meal, perfect for cold winter nights. My kids even love it! While I was making this batch, my daughter asked, "What's for dinner Mommy?" After hearing my answer she said, "Yay! Mommy! I love your soup! You make the best soup ever!" Awww! *Blush*

Super Simple Vegan Split Pea Soup
Serves 4-6


Ingredients
  • 1 lb. of Green Split Peas 
  • 6-8 Cups of Water (Depending on how thick you like your soup.)
  • Olive oil
  • 3-4 Carrots
  • 2 Sticks of Celery
  • 1 Small Potato (optional)
  • 2 tsp of Hing (Or onion.) (I'll do a post about why I don't cook with onions at some point.)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel powder (optional)
  • 1-4 tsp Salt (I like mine salty! Himalayan Pink Sea Salt is stupendous!)
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • Dash Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste)

Directions

  1. Chop up your veggies. My husband likes thick chunks of carrot, so I do it that way. If you like petite diced, then do that. Slice the celery however you like. My husband does not like potato in his, I could care less about it, but if that's your style, dice it up in small cubes.
  2. In a heavy bottom soup pan, saute hing (or onion, like 1/4 cup?) and celery for about 3-4 minutes. Add water. 
  3. To the water, add, salt, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, fennel (optional), liquid smoke (optional--the combo of these two gives it that smoky sausage/ham flavor), pepper and split peas. 
  4. Bring water to a boil, then let the soup simmer on medium-low uncovered. That's it. You don't have to really touch it until the peas start falling apart, but I do like to give it a stir every now and then (specially when the peas start falling apart, they become more likely to get burnt then) and skim off that lovely white foam. This whole process takes about 1 hour.  I like it when the beans have completely fallen apart.
  5. When finished, give the pot a dash of Bragg's Liquid Amnios and take out those dang bay leaves. 
  6. Serve with warm, crusty bread or plain old saltines. If you are not vegan, a pat of butter gives it a "grandma made this" feel. Mmmm... warms the soul and your satisfied belly!


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Soup pan: A present from my dear Finnish friend, Kaisa by Hackman. Check out their Moomin and Winter lines. 

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