Split Pea Soup

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Now that it's officially December and the weather is getting colder (or should be at least) I'm all about soup!  Split pea is always a great choice being that split peas are truly little nutritional powerhouses. They're high in both fiber and protein and are also a good source of vitamins A and B, potassium and magnesium. Plus, studies have found that consuming soup (specifically low calorie/nutrient dense ones - like this one!) as your first course before a meal can help with weight management.

My mom has been making this recipe for me for years and I was always intimidated to try it out myself (true life: when she'd come visit me in the city I'd ask her to bring me a big batch and I'd keep in the freezer so that I could have it on hand to thaw whenever a craving hit me). After making this recipe for myself I found out that it's super easy and came out (almost!) as delicious as hers. Try it out for yourself! :)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups green split peas rinsed
  • 8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 celery rib chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 teas black pepper

Recipe:

  1. Bring to boil simmer 1 hr or until peas almost soft to soft, cool slightly, use immersion blender until almost smooth, but not quite. 
  2. In separated small pot cook 1 diced carrot and 1 diced celery rib until crisp tender in 1 cup broth. Then add all to pea soup.
  3. *Optional: Add barley or farro and follow their cooking instructions for a heartier soup
  4. Chill, may need to add water or broth because too thick after chilled.

ENJOY! Feel free to make a big batch and freeze the leftovers to have another time :)