I want to learn how to cook but mostly I just bake or fry some eggs in a skillet. This recipe is a made from scratch soup that takes 2 hours to make so I thought it would be a step in the right direction. Its worth the wait if you have time to kill (leisurely Sunday?) but if you don’t have the time, a pressure cooker will also do the job in about 10-15 minutes. The soup was actually really easy to make, just throw vegetables in a pot of water, add some seasonings and simmer for 2 hours. The result was great! The soup was delicious and filling. Split peas actually have a lot of fiber so this is a great low calorie meal that won’t leave you feeling hungry. You could also add some ham or other meat to the soup for added protein.
Thick and Hearty Split Pea Soup
2 cups dried split peas
8 cups water
2 medium onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 medium potato, chopped
1 large bay leaf
1/2 tsp celery seed
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1-2 tsp liquid smoke (the secret ingredient)
2 tsp salt, pepper to taste
Combine the peas and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. While its heating, chop the vegetables and add them and the bay leaf, celery seed, parsley, basil and thyme to the pot. Once it is boiling, cover and cook over low heat for 1.5 to 2 hours and peas are very soft, disintegrating actually.
Add the liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Cook several minutes uncovered to thicken if necessary (or add water to thin if necessary). Serve with warm whole-grain bread.
Pressure Cooker: Follow the general instructions but only use 6 cups of water. Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes; then allow the pressure to come down naturally. Add the liquid smoke, salt and pepper; taste and ad more seasonings as desired. Cook several minutes uncovered to thicken if necessary (or add water to thin if necessary).
Makes about 8 servings.
The 1 cup serving size is actually just 1/8 of the recipe which I realize would be much more than 1 cup since 8 cups of water is just the base.