It is now fall and that means it is time to cook SOUP!! I absolutely love the smell of a big pot of soup simmering on the stove. I was tempted many times in the summer to cook some soup but it would have heated but our little NYC apartment. Split Pea soup was something I only discovered I liked last year. I always thought just based on the name that I would hate it! I made a big pot of it and it was love at first bite. Here is a great clean eating recipe for split pea soup:
- 2 cups of dried split peas (green or yellow)
- 12 cups of water
- 4 bay leaves
- olive oil
- 2 yellow onions, peeled and chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 cup edamame, shelled
- 4 cups chicken or veggie broth
- 4 cups water
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- Put dried peas in a large pot and cover with 12 cups of water. Add 2 bay leaves, sea salt and bring to a boil. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. Drain the peas and set them aside.
- In a large soup pot, place olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add onions, celery and carrots. Saute until onions are translucent. Approx 8 minutes.
- Add 4 cups of chicken or veggie broth and 4 cups of water. Add 2 more bay leaves, peas, corn, edamame, thyme, oregano, red pepper flakes an bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for at least an hour. The peas need to be soft. Make sure to check on the soup now and then. The peas tend to sink and you want to make sure they do not burn to the bottom of the pot.
- Remove the bay leaves and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot. Enjoy!!