Saturday, December 17, 2011

Split Pea Soup

We got this recipe at the suggestion from Brittany who originally found it here.  I adjusted a few things, just because I have a hard time following directions. I always like to add more veggies where I can.  I love getting recipe suggestions that are cheap, easy, and tasty.  If you've got a good one, send it our way!

Vegan Split Pea Soup
1 onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups dried split peas
1/2 cup barley
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
7 1/2 cups water (can replace some of this with chicken broth if you don't care about the vegan aspect)
5 carrots, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
5 potatoes, diced
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Throw everything into the crockpot first thing in the morning if you want to eat it around 6pm.  Stir occasionally and add extra water (or broth) if it is getting thicker than you want.  You can't really over cook it.  If you don't want to, or don't have time to cook it in the crockpot, it takes about 2 hours on the stove top at a low simmer.  Stir it fairly frequently or it will start to stick to the bottom.  Delicious with a thick slice of homemade bread. We eat about half of a batch at a time and freeze the other half for quick, no-food-in-the-house meals.
Thanks Brittany!  Send me any other favorites you have, we love this one!

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