This is based on a recipe from drfuhrman.com. It is a delicious split pea soup with some extras that give the flavor an interesting twist. I simplified the instructions to make it easier to prepare.....For each can of low sodium broth, I substitute 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon VegiZest (from drfuhrman.com) and 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional).…..You can reduce prep time by using frozen or pre-chopped vegetables and jarred garlic.
- Chop onion, celery, carrots, mushrooms and garlic and set aside.
- Rinse split peas. In a large soup pot (at least 7 quarts), combine peas, broth, bay leaf, thyme and cumin. Bring to boiling, stirring frequently and watching carefully so it doesn't boil over. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- When peas have cooked for 1 hour, stir in chopped vegetables.
- Return soup to boiling, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes more or until vegetables are tender.
- Discard bay leaf.
- Stir in Sherry.