05 December 2011

Smoky Wintery Split Pea Soup

I don't know why or how, but there's just something about winter that screams SPLIT PEA SOUP!

It's wonderfully warming and nothing short of perfect on those chilly, blustery winter days.

Luckily this isn't quite the situation here in Toronto... yet!

It's thick and creamy and hearty.

Split pea soup for lunch is kind of the equivalent of oatmeal for breakfast! It sticks to your ribs, strengthens and prepares you for the rest of the day! 

Enough blabbing! 

Here's my recipe!

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 large fresh Bay leaf
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp dried winter savory
1 tsp poultry spice
A few teaspoons of vegetable broth powder
2 cups split peas (green or yellow)
8 cups water plus more for deglazing
Dash of liquid smoke
Fresh lemon juice

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot and stir in the onion, garlic, celery, carrot, fresh thyme and Bay leaf. Cook until the vegetables soften.
Mix in the salt, pepper, savory, poultry spice, vegetable broth powder and split peas and stir for about 1 minute, coating the peas in delicious flavor. Careful to not allow the peas to stick to the bottom of the pot too much.
Now to de-glaze the pan!
Add some water and scrape the bottom of the pan using a flat-edged wooden spoon or something like it. 
If you prefer a thicker pea soup, add just enough water to cover the peas by about 1 or 2 inches.
If you prefer thinner soups, add more water.
But you can always add water to the soup... but you can't (really) take it away. Or it's harder anyway. 
I always prefer to add the minimum amount of water to my soups and then, if necessary, adjust the water level as I'm cooking. But feel free to do whatever you want!
Bring the soup to a boil and then turn the heat down low and cover. Allow to simmer for about 25 minutes or until the peas have broken down. This can take more or less time.
I like to leave the soup a little chunky, but if a velvety smooth soup is what you're after, put a hand blender to the pot of soup!
Stir in some liquid smoke and fresh lemon juice.
Re-season with salt and pepper and serve!

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And as always, here are some fun VARIATIONS!
  • Adding a little white wine to the de-glazing step of the recipe would be very yummy!

  • Veggies like potatoes, carrots or turnips would be delicious additions.

  • Try caramelizing a couple onions or better yet, roast the garlic cloves until they're soft and creamy and add then to the soup towards the end of the cooking period.
Roasted Head of Garlic!
  • And finally....! Serve it in a really cool bread bowl!!
Soup in a Bowl!

There are lots of other great Split Pea Soup recipes out there!

Here's my Split Pea Soup Recipe Round - Up!
Have fun experimenting, peeps!

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