Split pea and basil soup
This is an old favorite recipe from my mom...hope you like it....
Serves eight :
1 tbsp vegie oil ( any kind you like)
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
8 oz. split pea, soaked over night
1 tsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp.or vegetable stock concentrate
1 large potato, diced
4 quarts water
3 tbsp basil leaves
salt and pepper, black
GARNISH : 1/2 cup light cream basil leaves
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and saute' the onion and garlic for about 5 min. Add the drained split peas, tomato paste, stock concentrate, potato and water.
2. Bring to the boil,add the basil leaves and seasonings, cover and simmer for 40 min. or till the peas soften ( do not over cook)
3. Allow to cool slightly, the puree the soup in a blender.Return to the pan to reheat for serving. Garnish with the cream in a swirl and a piece of basil..
Easy enough and do enjoy G-Ma :o)