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Split Pea Soup, Two Ways

My Delicious Split Pea Soup, Two Ways: A Recipe Repost From 2021

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Recipe Originally published in January 2021 under my old site, Vega-Riffic Food, also known as The Vega-Riffic Lifestyle.


Hey, soup lovers! If you're like me and can't get enough of a warm, hearty bowl of soup on a cold winter day, you're in for a treat. I've always had a soft spot for soups, and today I'm excited to share one of my all-time favorites, Split Pea Soup, in two mouthwatering variations.


Split pea soup is the perfect embodiment of comfort and nourishment. It's warm, hearty, and filling, making it an ideal choice for the chilly fall or winter days. Plus, it's incredibly versatile and can be customized to your liking. Whether you're looking for a cozy weeknight dinner or a dish to impress your guests, these recipes have got you covered.


Healthy Benefits of the Ingredients:
  • Split Peas: Split peas are an excellent source of dietary fiber and plant-based protein. They are also low in fat and packed with essential nutrients like folate, iron, and potassium. They promote heart health, aid digestion, and help regulate blood sugar levels.

  • Carrots: Carrots are rich in antioxidants, particularly beta-carotene, which is beneficial for eye health and may reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. They are also a good source of fiber and vitamins.

  • Potatoes: Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium. They provide energy, support the immune system, and assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure.

  • Onions and Garlic: Both onions and garlic are known for their potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. They add flavor while contributing to overall well-being.

  • Non-Dairy Milk: Non-dairy milk alternatives like hemp milk provide essential nutrients without lactose. They are a suitable option for those with lactose intolerance or following a vegan diet.

  • Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast is a source of vitamin B12 for vegans and vegetarians. It also adds a cheesy flavor to the creamy soup version.

Cooking Methods:

Now, when it comes to making soup, I believe that there are multiple paths to deliciousness. You can choose to prepare these split pea soups on your stove top, using a Dutch oven, or take the quicker route with an Instant Pot. All methods result in a steaming bowl of goodness that's worth the effort.


Storage Recommendations:
  • Store the split pea soups in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • For longer storage, freeze the soups in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to 3 months.

  • When reheating, you may need to add a little water or non-dairy milk to adjust the consistency, as soups can thicken when stored.

The Recipes:


Split Pea Soup, Two Ways:

Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving, for both versions):

  • Calories: 250-300

  • Total Fat: 6-8g

  • Saturated Fat: 1-2g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 500-600mg

  • Total Carbohydrates: 40-45g

  • Dietary Fiber: 12-15g

  • Sugars: 6-8g

  • Protein: 12-15g



Split Pea Vegetable Soup:
  • This version is for those who love a chunky, broth-filled soup with plenty of veggies. It's a wholesome option packed with fiber, protein, and a variety of flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 1/2 - 2 carrots, shredded or chopped

  • 1 1/2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic

  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups chopped white or red potatoes

  • 2 cups dried split green peas

  • 1 1/2 containers vegetable stock

  • 1-2 cups water (or more as needed)

  • Sea salt, to taste

  • Onion powder, to taste

  • Garlic powder, to taste

  • Old Bay Seasoning, to taste

  • Dried parsley, to taste

  • Herb seasonings, to taste

  • 1 stick of vegan, non-dairy butter

  • 1 cup hemp milk or non-dairy milk alternative

  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large stockpot.

  2. Set heat to medium-high and bring to a slight boil, stirring occasionally.

  3. Cover, leaving a slight gap for air pressure to escape, and reduce heat to low.

  4. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

  5. Remove from heat and serve, garnishing with fresh shredded carrots and dried parsley.

  6. Makes about 6 to 8 standard serving bowls.

  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze.

Creamy Split Pea Soup:
  • If you're craving a luxurious, creamy soup, this variation will delight your taste buds. It's a comforting, smooth-textured soup that's perfect for a more indulgent meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 1/2 - 2 carrots, shredded or chopped

  • 1 1/2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic

  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups chopped white or red potatoes

  • 2 cups dried split green peas

  • 1 1/2 containers vegetable stock

  • 1-2 cups water (or more as needed)

  • Sea salt, to taste

  • Onion powder, to taste

  • Garlic powder, to taste

  • Old Bay Seasoning, to taste

  • Dried parsley, to taste

  • Herb seasonings, to taste

  • 1 stick of vegan, non-dairy butter

  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups non-dairy half-and-half creamer

  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large stockpot.

  2. Set heat to medium-high and bring to a slight boil, stirring occasionally.

  3. Cover, leaving a slight gap for air pressure to escape, and reduce heat to low.

  4. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

  5. Remove from heat.

  6. Using a hand-held blender or a high-speed blender, blend the soup until almost completely smooth, leaving some chunks for texture.

  7. Soup should be creamy and slightly thick. Add more creamer if needed and reheat.

  8. Ready to serve, garnishing with fresh shredded carrots and dried parsley.

  9. Makes about 6 to 8 standard serving bowls.

  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze.

Note: To save time, you can use a frozen French Mirepoix mix of chopped onions, carrots, and celery, and replace fresh minced garlic with prepared organic minced garlic from a jar. Additionally, fresh shredded carrots available in the produce section make a great garnish and save time on preparation.


Wrap-Up:

Before you get cooking, here's a quick reminder. Don't forget that you can find more delicious soup recipes and healthy dishes right here on Vega-Riffic Food. I'm always excited to share my passion for plant-based eating with you.


So, get ready to warm up with a bowl of Split Pea Soup, Two Ways. Enjoy, savor, and make some cozy memories in the kitchen. Remember, no matter which version you choose, a steaming bowl of homemade soup is the ultimate comfort food. Stay tuned for more of my favorite soup recipes, and remember that soup season is a year-round delight!


Disclaimer: The information provided in this recipe blog post is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional dietary or medical advice. While these split pea soup recipes are packed with wholesome ingredients, individual dietary needs and preferences can vary. Always consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized guidance on your dietary choices. Enjoy these soups responsibly, and remember that food safety and portion control are essential for a healthy lifestyle.



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