A Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe
This vegetarian split pea soup recipe is one of my favorites. It’s so easy to make and you can get your favorite vegetable and flavor combination as well. It takes just about twenty minutes to throw together a full meal or you can save some time by making a batch and freezing it for a week’s worth of meals. The best part is that you can add in a bit of more flavor to the soup by adding in vegetables and spices that are more flavorful.
Split peas are best because they can be soaked before boiling. That way you will have all the health benefits of the peas without the excess fat and salt. Split peas have a crunchy texture that’s perfect for soup. You will also find the meat in the soup tastes great as well.
For this vegetarian split pea soup recipe, you will want to start by washing the peas. This step may be skipped if you want to use frozen peas, but there’s no reason to go without using fresh pea pods. You don’t want any vegetables that will be mushy. When washing them, use a colander to collect the water.
In order to cook the peas, you will first need to soak them overnight in water. After they are soaked, remove them from the water and squeeze them dry with a towel. They should be as dry as possible without getting watery. It will take a bit of practice at first, but eventually you will get the hang of it.
Next, make up a little chicken stock and put it in a pot. Don’t forget to put in the broth before adding the peas. Start by cooking about half a cup of broth. Then add about half a pound of split peas to the pot. Simmer them for about ten minutes, which will bring out the flavor of the peas.
While the peas are cooking, add in one heaping teaspoon of minced garlic and one tablespoon of chopped parsley. These two ingredients, along with the peas, are what make the soup taste great. Add a little olive oil to taste, but you don’t need much.
After the peas have cooked, add the stock to the pot. Then add in some low sodium chicken bouillon and one peeled and diced onion. Add some green onions and cover the pot. Bring it to a boil, then let simmer on low heat for about twenty minutes.
The great thing about this soup is that you can add vegetables and seasonings to give it more flavor. If you want to make it less vegetarian, you can also add some broccoli florets or carrots. But remember, when you cook it the traditional way, you don’t want to add more than a cup.
While it’s simmering, you can also make up a little low fat sour cream. This will really compliment the soup and it won’t add too much extra fat.
As the soup is simmering, you can also prepare some rice. Rice has a nutty flavor that adds a great deal to the flavor of the soup. But make sure you stir it gently so the grains don’t stick together and burn. Stir the rice often and let it simmer until it’s cooked.
Just before serving, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over the top. If you really want to spice it up, try adding some cumin seeds or hot chili flakes. Those will add to the flavor and aroma.
So, if you’re looking for a vegetarian split pea soup recipe, this is the recipe for you. You can prepare a hot and tasty meal that’s low in fat and calories.