I have another recipe for you today. Alas, no picture: I’m not that organised this week. It’s school holidays so we have the Raccoon’s son (Mr 10) staying with us. Between an extra mouth to feed and a house inspection coming up, I’ve been flat out keeping the house in one piece. (In lieu of my slackness, please accept this stock photo. Source: http://tinyurl.com/md397u6)
Enter one of my favourite “It’s 6pm and we’re starving and whaaaaaat do we eeeeeeeeeeat?!” recipes. It’s also really cheap, uses pantry staples, and is easy to jazz up for company. The base recipe is even dairy free! I’m talking, of course, about good ol’ split pea soup.
Split Pea Soup
Serves: 4-6 (serve with bread to make it go further)
Time: 35 minutes
- 2 onions, peeled and quartered
- 40 g Coconut Oil (or butter if you can eat it)
- 1 tsp salt (or 2 tsp stock paste if you have it on hand)
- 2 cups split peas, yellow or green (we prefer yellow)
- 5-6 cups water (use chicken stock for a richer flavour)
- Juice of half a lemon (about 3 tbsp if using bottled)
- Smoked paprika and coconut oil/butter, to serve
Place onions in the bowl and chop 5 seconds/Speed 5. Scrape down the bowl and add oil. Saute 4 minutes/100°C/Speed 1.
Add salt, peas and water (or broth) and cook for 25 minutes/100°C/Speed 2. Add lemon juice and set the timer for 5 minutes/Speed 3-4. Leave the measuring cup off. This both purees the soup, and helps cool it down a bit faster than just leaving the lid off. Neat, huh?
Pour the soup into bowls. Serve sprinkled with smoked paprika and a dob of coconut oil or butter. Add a big slice of bread to the side to make it go even further.
- This soup is also excellent with a bit of grated cheese or sour cream on top, if you have it on hand. And it’s AMAZING with a slice of bacon cooked, finely chopped and stirred through after it’s been pureed.
- For a change of pace, try it with red lentils instead of split peas, or a mix. You can also add a tablespoon of curry paste and replace some of the water with a can of coconut milk, to make a curried soup.
- I like to add half a cup of dehydrated carrot slices with the peas and water, to add a few vegetables. You could also steam vegetables on top in the Varoma or Steam Attachment and serve them in the soup. You’ll need to cook the soup on Speed 3-4 and add a bit of extra water – up to the 2L mark. (Use the Steam setting on the Bellini and cut the vegetables small.) It’s an easy way to add a bit of texture to a pureed soup.