One of my favorite things to cook is soup. And this girl was on a mission to getting green split pea soup right.
I can pretty much successfully make a delicious lentil soup with my eyes closed. But I had attempted green split pea soup a few times without loving how it came out. You know that dish that you make and it just kind of stays in your fridge because nobody really wants to eat it? Well, that was me with my green split pea soup saga.
So hard confession time now. I thought that I could basically repeat what I did when cooking lentils with split peas. Not the case though. Honestly, it didn’t matter how much I cooked it for, the split peas still were a little too hard for my taste. So I finally decided to do what I was refusing to do before (maybe out of laziness?). BLEND THE SOUP AFTER COOKING!
And there you have it my dear friends. Honestly, that’s all you have to do. Cook your split peas with the seasoning to your taste, blend it, and enjoy this nourishing and comforting dish.
One of the many reasons I love this soup, is that unlike some veggie soups, this one is packed not only with fiber, but also protein. Green split peas are pretty rich in protein and that’s super important when it comes to helping you feel satisfied after a meal. And although this recipe is not very rich in healthy fats, you can always top your soup with avocado slices. And voila! You have a simple, inexpensive, and super complete meal.
Enough chit chatting though. Let’s make our soup, shall we?
Green Split Pea Soup Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups green split peas
- 4 cups water (add more for more liquid consistency)
- 3-5 celery stalks chopped (depending how big the stalks are)
- 1 leek stalk chopped
- 1/2 white onion chopped
- Handful fresh cilantro
- Spices to taste: smoked paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
- In a medium pan, cook onions and leek with a little olive oil for about 5 minutes (use medium-high heat).
- Add all other ingredients to pan. When water starts to boil, lower temperature of stove, cover pan with lid, and cook for about 40 minutes. Stir every now and then. Taste and tweak seasoning.
- Remove soup from stove, blend until smooth, and enjoy!
Note: If you like a more liquid soup, just add a little more water and blend until smooth desired texture.