Rediscovering the Goodness of Green Pea Soup

Green Pea Soup--Mmmm . . . .

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Hearty, Inexpensive & Easy-to-Make Split Pea Soup

the other day, when I was at the market and noting how grocery prices have gone up, I ambled down the aisle where the dried beans have a home. I planned to pick up a selection, which I did, but there beside the beans on the shelf were bags of yellow and green split peas.

As I checked out the prices, I was wowed by the "cheap" factor. I decided, on the spot, to load up on bags of green and yellow peas and start making more soup.

I love homemade soup anyway and have been making different soups with hearty homemade bread.

I put on a pot of green pea soup and found myself wondering why I wasn't making this more often?

As we all know splits cook into a nice thick soup. And these days, as maneuvering around our budget to fill our cupboards and our stomachs is getting more challenging, getting back into pea soup seemed like a timely idea.

Green pea soup can be made pretty much with whatever you have on hand. I made a batch with potatoes and carrots and snipped in some chives from my garden. The great thing about pea soup is that even without meat, it still has that "hearty and filling" quality.

Next time you make a grocery run, why not stock up on bags of green and yellow peas? Once you have them on hand, you can put on a pot of soup anytime you have a hankering for it.

It All Starts With Peas

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Image: Unwashed Split Green Peas | Source

Washing Your Slit Green Peas

I like to empty a bag of peas into a bowl and pour in filtered water and then stir until the water becomes cloudy. I pour this off and repeat process until the water runs clear. This is recommended on pea packets.

It's a good practice to get into the habit of rinsing your grains and peas before cooking. This removes any dust or starch and I find both rice and peas taste less "chalky."

Washing Your Peas Before Making Your Green Pea Soup

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Image: Washing Green Split Peas | Source

Instructions

  1. Place peas in large pot and add the following ingredients
  2. Simmer soup on lower setting to avoid sticking. Stir occasionally so contents do not stick to the bottom of the pot and add more liquid if soup becomes too thick.

Did You Know?

Dried split green peas are a good source of fiber and iron.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag dried split green peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 1-2 stocks celery, finely chopped
  • 1-2 onions or chives, chopped or put through food processor
  • 1-2 carrots, chopped or shredded
  • 4-6 potatos, sliced 1/8
  • 1 garlic, clove (or green garlic tops)
  • 1-3 tblsp. butter
  • pepper, freshly grated
  • 1 can diced tomatos (optional)
  • ham or bacon chopped or crumbled (optional)
  • dill, parsley, or thyme (optional)

Thick & Hearty Pea Soup

Warm and Tasty Split Pea Soup
Warm and Tasty Split Pea Soup | Source

What I like about green pea soup is that you can make it to your preference. If you are vegetarian, it is a satisfying soup on its own; if you are a meat lover you will enjoy the addition of ham or bacon.

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Delores,

That vinegar idea sounds like a good one.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love split pea soup, especially in winter - it's so warm and comforting. I like mine with a splash of vinegar served at the table.


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William F. Torpey 4 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

I don't cook, Athlyn Green, but I'm a big fan of Campbell's green pea soup, although I do not like their split pea soup.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Rochelle,

I do, too! Both yellow and green pea soup each have a distinctive flavor. With food prices soaring, it is a good idea to stock up so that you have supplies on hand and can put on a pot any time you desire.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

I love yellow pea soup-- the yellows seem to disinitigrate better and don't have the 'bitter' accent that greens sometime have. Add some cooked vegetables like chunks of carrot, potato, onion, celery and it is very fillin, tasty and healthful.

Yes, a good idea to 'stock' up on those dry staples-- they are still economical and have so many benefits.

Your soup recipe sounds great-- thanks for posting this. It will be especially good when winter comes around.

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