Do you like to prepare one pot meals? I certainly do, and making soup is one way you can enjoy a filling meal from one pot. Don’t believe me? Well check out this Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe and see what you think.
I discovered something recently. It wasn’t really a sudden discovery. I have been noticing over time but it finally hit me recently. My colleagues and I sometimes discuss and compare various foods and menus. But when I think we are cooking the same thing, it turns out we are not. We both cook red bean stew for dinner and I think we are having the same thing, but no; their stew has beef in it. We both cook pumpkin soup and I think we are having the same thing, but no; their soup has chicken. We both cook steam vegetables and I think we are having the same thing, but no; their steam vegetables have fish in it.
Guess what? No need to worry. This Split Pea Soup is strictly vegetarian.
What you need
You will be amazed how simple it is to make this hearty, delicious soup.
You will need split peas of course. The green variety is the one to use. (Okay, so the yellow split peas will work too, but I prefer the green ones for soup.)
Lots of water.
Root vegetables of your choice
Onion, garlic, scallion
Of course, what is soup without dumplings (made from whole wheat flour and cassava flour)
How to actually make the Split Pea Soup
It is too delicious to make only a small amount. Believe me, you are going to want a big pot of soup. So here is a recipe that will give you 10 servings.
1 cup green split peas (soaked if possible)
10 cups water
3 cups chopped raw pumpkin
4 cloves garlic – chopped
2 onions – chopped
4 stalks scallion – chopped
1 tsp thyme
2 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pimento
dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
4 potatoes – cut in large chunks
1 large sweet potato – cut in large chunks
- Add 10 cups of water to 1 cup of split peas and put to boil.
- Add salt
- Boil for about 20 minutes stirring frequently (Stirring allows the cooked peas to mash out in the water)
- Add the 3 cups of chopped, raw pumpkin and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Continue your frequent stirring.
- Next, toss in the onion, garlic and scallion. Continue cooking and stirring.
- Add the thyme, ground pimento and cayenne.
- Add your chopped up potatoes or whatever root vegetables you wish.
- Put in your dumplings.
- Cook for another 10 minutes (or until your vegetables are cooked), stirring regularly.
- Get your bowl because your soup is now ready.
How to make cassava dumplings.
Mix together 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of cassava flour.
Add1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
Add about 1/2 cup of water (or enough water that will make your dough not sticky)
Mix everything together until you get a nice pliable dough. Don’t over knead because you don’t want your dumplings to be tough.
Separate your dough into about 12 equal portions.
Roll each portion into a ball and then flatten to form your dumpling.
Add to the boiling pot and cook for about 10 minutes.
Dinner is ready
You now have a delicious, healthy, nutritious meal that the entire family will enjoy.
If you want, you can stir in a handful of spinach 2 minutes before you finish cooking the soup. Alternately, you can add a few slices of cucumber directly into your bowl of soup or you can just have a salad on the side.
Whichever way you choose, you’ll have a complete meal with an added bonus…… only one pot to wash.
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