Lickety-Split Pea Soup
photo by The Spice Guru
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 1 medium peeled onion, chopped
- 1 large peeled carrot, finely chopped
- 8 cups vegetable broth or 8 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb dried split peas
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon crushed dried mint
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 large bay leaf
- kosher salt, to taste
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons lime juice
- 4 -8 ounces chopped cooked ham (optional) or 4 -8 ounces cooked bacon (optional)
- ADD split peas to 8 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth) in a soup pot; BRING to boiling at high heat. COVER; BOIL for 15 minutes on high heat, stirring occasionally; REDUCE heat to medium-low.
- PEEL and divide one medium onion into quarters; PLACE onion quarters into the large bowl of a food processor and process until coarsely chopped; ADD onion to soup.
- INTO the bowl of a large food processor while running, add one peeled large carrot; PROCESS just until finely chopped; ADD carrot to soup.
- DICE celery to yield 1 cup; ADD celery to soup; FINELY chop and add 4-8 ounces cooked ham if desired (use food processor), or add 4-8 ounces chopped cooked bacon, if desired).
- ADD the remaining soup ingredients EXCEPT lime juice (2 teaspoons granulated sugar, 1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme, 1 teaspoon crushed dried mint, 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 large bay leaf); STIR well; COVER.
- SIMMER soup for 45 minutes on medium-low, or until tender; REMOVE bay leaf and stir well.
- STIR in lime juice and heat through (if not serving right away, keep soup covered and reduce heat to lowest setting, stirring as needed).
- SEASON to taste with kosher salt.
- POUR into bowls; GARNISH as desired or top with a few croutons if desired.
- USE your fingers to eat soup, or slurp soup directly from the bowl (kidding!); ENJOY!
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