Monday, April 23, 2012

Split Pea Soup

Nourishing, filling, warming and satisfying. Split peas are a powerhouse of nutrition, cooked in a long simmered bone broth with fresh vegetables, paired with a crisp salad on a cloudy day...absolutely perfect.
Split peas are inexpensive and a great source of fiber, plentiful protein and nutrients. They also make for an easy and simple soup recipe. Including a home-made bone broth in place of a store-bought high sodium broth makes this soup incredibly rich in minerals and alkalizing properties. Once you get in the habit of making your own bone broths you most certainly won't go back to store-bought. Learn more here. I used a chicken broth for this batch of soup but any would work just fine. If you could get a hold of high quality ham bone that would be the most traditional route.

The Recipe:
1 C split peas
1 quart bone broth, preferably home-made
1 large sweet onion
4-5 cloves of garlic
2 carrots
2 stalks of celery
1 T basil
1 T parsley
2 t marjoram powder
1 bay leaf
sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper

1. Soak the peas in a glass jar full of filtered water overnight.
2. Strain and rinse the peas. Place in your crock pot or dutch oven.
3.  Dice onion, mince garlic, and chop carrots and celery. Add to the peas.
4. Pour your bone broth over the peas.
5. Add basil, parsley, marjoram and bay leaf.
6. Cook on high for 6-8 hours as peas can be tough and take a while to cook down. If using a dutch oven bring to a boil and simmer on low for 2-3 hours.
7. Add sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to each bowl.
All Wholesome Practices recipes are made with the freshest and most pure ingredients, preferably organic or grown without the use of pesticides. 
The one trick with split peas in cooking them to perfection. It's a difficult task as the peas can sometimes seem to never get soft and mushy while other times I am surprised by how fast they cook up! There are certainly variations in cooking times so give yourself plenty of time when cooking this soup in case you have a batch that will take a little bit longer. Better to have a pureed split pea soup than crunchy :)

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