Recipe Split Pea Soup

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SPLIT PEA SOUP (Lacto-vegetarian, Lacto-ovo vegetarian, Vegan)

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced* (optional)

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 cup split peas, rinsed and sorted

5 cups water

2 teaspoons good quality salt

1/2 teaspoon basil

1 bay leaf

Instructions for Recipe Split Pea Soup

(1)Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil.

(2) Add water and bring to a boil.

(3) Add split peas and simmer until slit peas form a smooth soup.

(4) Add salt, bay leaf and basil.

(5) Simmer for 10 minutes.

(6) Remove bay leaf and serve.


Variations

--Add 1/2 to 1 cup evaporated milk to finished soup.

--Add chopped carrots and celery to soup with the seasonings and simmer until vegetables are lightly cooked, but still crisp.

--Add 1/2 cup brown rice to the boiling water first, then after 1/2 hour add split peas and cook until peas are tender or form a smooth soup. Add seasonings and simmer for 10 minutes. (Note: The brown rice completes the protein of the legumes.)

Notes

A head or bulb of garlic usually contains about 10 cloves. 1 clove = 1 teaspoon chopped garlic = 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder = 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes = 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic = 1/2 teaspoon garlic juice


More information for Recipe Split Pea Soup

Legumes are a great addition to your diet!

Legumes, otherwise known as beans, peas and lentils, are often overlooked in meal planning. However, legumes are an inexpensive way to add variety and nutrition to your diet. They are loaded with nutrients in the form of protein, vitamins and minerals, while being low in fat and high in fiber. Doesn't this sound like the description of the perfect healthy food?

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