Non-dairy/Meat completely Vegan Split Pea Soup -
This will take at least 2 hours to cook, but only 15 mins to prep. (If you want to use a crock-pot, you can start this in the morning, leave it all day and everything will be slow-cooked by the time you get home for work.)
What you need:
- 1lbs dry split peas - 1-2$
- 6-8 cups of water - tap does just fine
- 3 medium sized potatoes - 10lbs bags can go on sale for under a dollar where I am.
- 1/2 onion (yellow or white) - .99 per lbs
- 2 medium sized carrots (1 cup of baby carrots) - .99 - 1.99 per lbs bag
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1-1/2 tbs ground pepper
- 1 tbs salt
- 1/2 tbs Filé powder (This is ground sassafras leaves. It's got a very delicate taste to it but is a great thickener, you can also try using Arrowroot Powder.)
- Optional: thyme, rosemary, sage.
- Stock Pot (must hold up to 8 cups of water.)
- Stirring spoon
What to do: Pour the 1lbs bag of dried split peas into your stock pot. Add 6 cups of water. Set stove top heat to high until the water is at a boil. Once the water is at a boil, you'll be dropping the heat to medium. This will soften the peas and rehydrate them. This process can take between 30 mins to an hour. Cover with a lid, but keep the lid slightly ajar to allow steam to escape while simmering.
Time to prep those veggies! Peel the three potatoes completely. Make sure you give them a quick rinse before you cut them. Dice the potatoes into small 1/4 inch cubes. Dice 1/2 onion into small bits. Peel and slice the carrots into small bits.
Set aside your veggies until you are ready to place them into the stock pot with your peas. Check on your peas, give them a stir... in about 30 mins since you put the peas on the stove, check on them.. you're going to need to test how cooked the peas are. If they are tender enough to break apart when stirring, you're in business. If not, give it another 20 to 30 mins.. Honestly, you really can't over cook the peas, it's nearly impossible. You may want to add another cup or 2 of water.
Peas good and smooshy? Time to throw in your veggies! Just toss them in along with the pepper, salt, olive oil, any other spices or herbs (except for the filé powder) and cover over medium heat. Give the veggies about 10-15 mins to cook. Once they've become tender as well, you can add your thickening agent.. stir in the filé. Let that set on low heat for a min or two.. then let cool off before serving.
Best fresh Split Pea Soup I've ever had! And it's all from scratch. You can make this in large batches on the weekends to have throughout the week. You'll want to have more than one bowl. It's a great value.
This soup is good hot for the winter time... or chilled during the summers. Pure vegetable goodness!