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Curried Split-Pea Soup

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Freshly blended split-pea soupIt’s been a bit chilly here in San Diego, so I thought it was time to make some soup! This turned out to be much easier than expected. I was envisioning hours of labor, chopping & taste tests to fiddle with something that was edible. Not at all the case: it was about 5 minutes of prep, simmering for 45-50 minutes and another 5 minutes of prep before pouring it into bowls. The consistency was excellent, well puréed with an occasional pea left intact. The spicy-ness was just right: warmed the back of your throat but was not overpowering. For next time, adding some other spices like cumin, paprika or nutmeg could be very complimentary. It could also serve with carrots or celery as garnish/more veggies.

Because I use veggie broth cubes that need to be dropped into boiling water to make the broth, start by heating the water. While that’s coming to a boil, chop the onion and mince the garlic. Add the butter, garlic & onion to a large 5-6 quart saucepan on medium heat. Let onions warm & soften (~3-4 minutes) then add the broth, curry powder, peas & cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and turn heat down to low and simmer for 45-50 minutes. The peas will be kinda mushy but not falling apart. Pour the mixture into a stand up blender and puree. Serve with fresh soft french bread, naan, pita or other bread-like product.

1 16oz Package Split Peas (green or yellow)
3 large Garlic Cloves
1/2 large Onion, chopped
2 tbsp Butter
5-6 cups Broth (Veggie or Chicken)
1 tsp Curry Powder
1/2 tbsp Ground Cayenne Pepper

Serves 4; ~$1.00/bowl; Peas are low in fat and have a decent amount of carbs and protein. Add chicken to the soup for a flavorful protein boost!

Edit: Use 1tbsp Curry Powder for super extra spicy. Oops!


Written by Brent

April 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Posted in Main Course, Soup

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  1. But, what about the Assistant Sous Chef? Didn’t she get some soup, too? You mean, you made this without the help of the ASC?? Gasp!

    Sheryl a/d/a Momster

    April 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

    • Thank you for standing up for the ASC- who, I might add, played a critical role in the production and consumption of the soup 🙂 Good thing the soup was so delicious (and the chef so awesome) or else there might be a strike/boycott or something (hahaha)

      Also, I wonder how this would taste in a Blendtec– You should have titled this “Split Peas- will they blend?” 🙂

      Yes they will!

      Katie (a.k.a. ASC, boycotter, and consumptionist extraordinaire)

      April 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

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