Split Pea Goodness

Unfortunately, an extended member of our family has been ill of late, and hasn’t been able to keep down a lot of food. While shopping the other day, Momma Macaroon suggested that we purchase some split pea soup for him, but the store was sold out of it. When I offered to make a homemade batch from scratch, Momma Mac gave me a funny look. and said “But you don’t cook meat.”  Chuckling, I assured her that this will be a meatless soup, and that our sick relative wouldn’t know the difference! 

After finding a highly rated vegan split pea soup recipe online at AllRecipes.com, Mac and I bought the necessary ingredients, and got down to business! We ended up making a enough of this very tasty soup for our relative and ourselves. This is the perfect meal upcoming cooler weather and we suggest you give it a try. 

Vegan Split Pea Soup I
Serves: 4-6

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups dried split peas
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth 
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. In a large pot over medium high heat, sauté the oil, onion, bay leaf and garlic for minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add the peas, barley, salt and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally
  2. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, parsley, basil, thyme and ground black pepper. Simmer for another hour, or until the peas and vegetables are tender
Mac & Artie Mods (our changes to the recipe): 
  1. Soak the split peas overnight prior to cooking
  2. While cooking, soup may begin to get dry. Feel free to add more water or vegetable broth, if needed
  3. When the soup is cooked to your liking, places a few drops of liquid smoke into the soup and stir well
  4. Pour the soup into powerful blender, like Vitamix, immersion blender or food processor. Puree until soup is smooth and velvety

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