ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Green Pea Soup Recipe and Why You Should Be Eating Dried Green Peas

Updated on March 6, 2017
Homemade green pea soup. The thicker the better as far as I'm concerned!
Homemade green pea soup. The thicker the better as far as I'm concerned! | Source
Cast your vote for Homemade Vegan Green Pea Soup

Although my usual mantra is that 'fresh is best' when it comes to recipe ingredients, I take exception when it comes to green pea soup.

I've made green pea soup with both fresh and frozen peas, and to be perfectly honest, I've found that neither are as tasty as when the dish is made with dried green peas.

It isn't just the taste, however, that's impaired when fresh or frozen peas are used to create pea soup, but also the texture and consistency. Traditional green pea soup should be thick and fairly heavy. Have you heard the old saying about fog being as "Thick as pea soup"? Well this is exactly the consistency of a good pea soup. Thick.

I'm also the first to admit that green pea soup may not look the most appetizing, but it's highly nutritious, very tasty and incredibly inexpensive to make.

You can either use dried split peas or dried green peas to make this soup, the only difference between the two is the way they have been processed and split peas can also be yellow, but have a slightly more delicate flavor.

When it comes to nutrition, dried green peas contain high levels of soluble fiber, six B vitamins, vitamin A, C, D and K, calcium, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. In fact, dried green peas contain more than 70 different nutrients, so if you're not currently including dried green peas in your diet, you really should be.

Traditionally green pea soup contained hock of ham and various other vegetables, but as I'm a vegetarian I obviously omit the ham and use a vegetarian or vegan stock. The following recipe is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

Vegan/vegetarian green pea soup per serving

Nutrition Facts
Calories 225
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 40 g13%
Sugar 11 g
Protein 7 g14%
Sodium 549 mg23%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
  • Yields: Serves 3/4 people

Ingredients for green pea soup

  • 2 cups green peas, pre-soaked and ready for using
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 pints, vegan/vegetarian stock/broth
  • 2 heaped teaspoons, dried mixed herbs
  • 1 Tbsp, olive oil

Method

  1. Soak the peas overnight or as recommended by the manufacturer. Rinse them thoroughly.
  2. In a large pot (large enough to hold two pints of stock) heat the oil. Add the leeks and onions and saute for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the stock to the vegetables and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and then cover and simmer for approximately five minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes, peas and mixed herbs to pan. Bring back to the boil and then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 50 minutes. Check the soup two or three times, however, as you may need to add more liquid (stock or water)
  5. After 50 minutes the peas should have begun to shell and become quite mushy. At this point, the vegetables should also be very soft and the mixture should be starting to resemble pea soup.
  6. At this stage you can also add more stock or water, if you feel the soup is too thick. Remove from the heat and blend in batches, or use a hand blender as I have in the illustration.
  7. Once blended, add the chopped carrots and return to the heat. Cover and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until the carrots are soft.
  8. Serve with thick, crusty wholewheat bread.

Step by step green pea soup

Click thumbnail to view full-size
The seven ingredients needed for green pea soupSaute the leeks and onion for approximately 5 minutesStir in the stockAdd the peas, potatoes and herbs and then cover and simmer for 50 minutes.After 50 minutes the peas should have started to shell and the vegetables should be very soft. The soup should also be a rich, green colorRemove from the heat and blend.Return to the heat and add the carrots. Cover and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until the carrots have softened.
The seven ingredients needed for green pea soup
The seven ingredients needed for green pea soup | Source
Saute the leeks and onion for approximately 5 minutes
Saute the leeks and onion for approximately 5 minutes | Source
Stir in the stock
Stir in the stock | Source
Add the peas, potatoes and herbs and then cover and simmer for 50 minutes.
Add the peas, potatoes and herbs and then cover and simmer for 50 minutes. | Source
After 50 minutes the peas should have started to shell and the vegetables should be very soft. The soup should also be a rich, green color
After 50 minutes the peas should have started to shell and the vegetables should be very soft. The soup should also be a rich, green color | Source
Remove from the heat and blend.
Remove from the heat and blend. | Source
Return to the heat and add the carrots. Cover and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until the carrots have softened.
Return to the heat and add the carrots. Cover and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until the carrots have softened. | Source

Comments

Submit a Comment
New comments are not being accepted on this article at this time.

  • Imogen French profile image

    Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

    I have made yellow split pea soup and fresh green pea soup with mint, but not tried dried green peas. Sounds very nutritious - thanks for the recipe :-)

  • HollieT profile image
    Author

    HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

    Hi Imogen,

    Yes they are and I think they have a lot more flavour. They're also really cheap which is an added bonus! :)

Click to Rate This Article