SPLIT PEA SOUP
Sometimes, no matter how much you try to gussy up a dish, you can’t get away from how blechy it looks!
Split Pea Soup is definitely an ugly duckling. At least it tastes fab!
I’ve been making this soup for years…it’s one of my family’s favorites and is so comforting on a cold day. Full of nutritious carbs with fiber, and very filling.
It’s a great vegetarian version, but can easily have sausage or ham added, if you prefer. The liquid smoke does make up for that, though…and it’s hard to tell it doesn’t have meat in it.
I like to stir some ricotta cheese or even plain yogurt into mine, to up the protein. Serve with crusty bread for your family…it really is a complete meal.
Make a big pot…it’s even better as leftovers!
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
2 carrots, shredded
2 ribs celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons barley
1 1/2 cups split peas
6 cups chicken broth (or more as needed until the peas are soft and mushy)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons hickory-smoke liquid flavoring (see below)
Dash cayenne pepper
1/4 cup half & half
1 cup diced smoked sausage – optional
In a large stockpot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Allow to cook for 10 minutes or until onions are very soft. Add barley and split peas and cook for 1 minute.
Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper, and sausage, if using.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for one hour, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue simmering, stirring occasionally for another 30 minutes or until peas are broken down and soup is getting thick and smooth. (The more you stir this while it’s cooking, the smoother it will get.)
Add more chicken broth if it gets too thick before the peas are done. Stir in cream and heat through. Garnish with bacon bits, and a swirl of plain yogurt or sour cream. Makes about ten 1-cup servings.
Per Serving: Calories 167; Protein 10 g; Fat 5 g; Carbs 16 g; Sugar 4 g; Sodium 381 mg
Per Serving: Calories 213; Protein 12 g; Fat 9 g; Carbs 16 g; Sugar 4 g; Sodium 509 mg
Hickory-smoke flavoring liquid comes in several varieties. The two most common and easily found are –