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Pease Porridge Hot

Posted Aug 04 2009 5:28pm
T ime after time again, whenever the subject of peas manifest in the conversation, Phillip shudders. He hates mushy peas. When we were watching television the one night, pea soup was one of the recipes or it was spoken about upon the travel channel - one of them. It then hit my mind, why had I not made it yet? So I went and bought the split peas, came home, and made split pea soup one night for myself since I got home late from work. Phillip came in, as usual, and interrogated me about what I was cooking. I smirked, looked at him and said “Split Pea Soup”. Well, his smile vanished off his face. He then stated, “I don’t like when the peas get all soft and gross.” In response I said, “Honey, these aren’t that type of pea; these are split lentils.”

An epiphany occurred. As usual, his curiosity provoked him and he wanted a taste. I gave him a small spoon and, lo and behold he liked it due to the bacony flavor even though there wasn’t any. Split peas have that heavy meaty taste which makes it so darn good. All I simply did was sauté the carrots, onion, and celery. Add a bit of smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and time. Pour in enough water, and let that baby cook. After 30 minutes, the lentils were done which brought me to the “final frontier” so to speak, puree. As I stated before, I prefer chunky soups so I coarsely pureed the concoction.

And that was it. It was simple, easy, and so flippin good paired off with a grilled cheese sandwich. The only issue I had was in not making more. I should have made a large batch to freeze but, alas, I have no space. Oh wait until I get my own freezer and refrigerator..muahaha..

Simple Split Pea Soup
1 small carrot, diced ½ inch
1 stalk celery, diced ½ inch
½ onion, diced ½ inch
¼ cup green split peas
1/4 cup nondairy milk
Small bit of fresh thyme
A dash of smoked paprika
Salt
Pepper

Sauté the vegetables until just soft. Add the seasonings, peas, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to a medium simmer for 30 minutes or until the peas are soft.

When the peas are finished, either mash or use an emersion blender to puree the soup to your desired consistency and stir in the milk for a richer touch.

Serve with your favorite toppings, salad, or a grilled cheese!
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