I make this soup at least two to three times a month- It is truly my comfort food- my Dad LOVES this soup. Chipotle powder is what gives this soup its’ smokey flavor. Chipotle powder is a smoked dried Jalapeno with a delicious hot smokey/sweet flavor and is a spice that is always in my kitchen. If you can find liquid smoke, or smoke salt, or another natural smoke flavoring, it adds another layer of tremendous flavor that is typically found in traditional meat based split pea soup. Today I didn’t blend it at all, so I cut the vegetables uniformly. I also added a small thin skinned potato, diced in the last 15 minutes of cooking 1) cuz I had it in the house and 2) potatoes are YUMMY.
SPLIT PEA SOUP
3T olive oil
1c green split peas
1 small red or yellow onion, medium diced
1 small potato, medium diced *opt
1 small carrot, medium diced
1 veggie bouillon (or replace water with veggie broth)
4c water, pre-boiled
1t chipotle powder
1/2t cayenne pepper or 1 fresh hot pepper or chili
Salt and pepper to taste
2T Fresh parsley- to be added in at the end of cooking time
Heat up 6 cups water, in case you need more.
In a soup pot, heat up the olive oil. Add the onions and sauté until golden. Add the carrots and cook for a minute or so before adding the peas. Add in the spices and stir until well incorporated. Add the peas, cover with the hot water, and add the bouillon.
Let simmer for 45-60 minutes or until everything has softened and the peas have broken down. If you prefer your soup unblended- be sure to cut the veggies small and uniformly so they are pleasant on the spoon. **If blending, you can partially blend or puree the mixture to the desired consistency.
Season to taste.
**Use caution when blending hot liquids
FOR PUREED SOUP:
In batches, in a blender or vitamix*, puree the split pea soup. Adjust the seasonings before serving.
*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous. Fill the blender only half way and proceed in batches if necessary.