Is there anything more comforting than a hot bowl of homemade soup on a cold winter's day? I have always loved Split Pea Soup but have never made it from scratch. I am always looking for ways to simplify my cooking, while still enjoying delicious and nutritious meals. Until about one year ago, I thought soup was something that came out of a red and white can from the grocery store.
Conventional canned soups have too many artificial ingredients and additives and they just taste so bland to me. For some reason, I thought that only really good cooks made soup from scratch. I thought that making homemade soup was mysterious and difficult.
Finally I came up with a recipe using all organic ingredients and one that is so easy to make. Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. The ingredients for this entire recipe cost me less than $10.00.
Here is my recipe for homemade Split Pea Soup:
Note: You may have to add water as it's cooking depending upon if you like your soup thick or thin.
1-1/2 teaspoons extra virgin organic olive oil
1/2 organic onion, chopped
1/2 bay leaf
1-1/2 cloves organic garlic, minced
1 cup organic dried split peas
1/4 cup organic barley
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
5-3/4 cups spring water or use vegetable broth
1-1/2 organic carrots, chopped
1-1/2 stalks organic celery, chopped
1-1/2 organic potatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a large pot over medium high heat, saute the oil, onion, bay leaf and garlic for 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add the peas, barley, salt and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cover. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, parsley, basil, thyme and ground black pepper. Simmer for another hour, or until the vegetables are tender. Makes approx. 5 servings.