When I’m craving something filling and comforting, but also simple to make and healthy, my go to is soup. Even though it’s March, the weather here in Nassau has been crazy the past few weeks, hot in the day but breezy and cool at night. I’m an island girl and I like my days hot and my nights balmy.
The colder weather means I don’t always want to eat a salad and I’m craving more carbs than usual – cue me gorging on rice, pasta, pizza, you name it. So after a few weeks of me eating more for convenience than health, I’ve decided to reset this week.
Enter this soup recipe. Split pea and ham soup was a staple for me growing up. It’s a common dish here in the Bahamas, where we like our soups thick and chunky, usually filled with meat and dumplings and lots and lots of salt. I wanted to recreate something that reminded me of the soup from my childhood, but without the cruelty, and was also super simple to make.
You can double up on this recipe if you want more leftovers or if you are cooking for a family. I’m usually just cooking for me and my bf, also I don’t like old food, so I tend to only make two to four portions of food at a time.
I hope you enjoy and this can be tweaked to add other seasonings to your taste and vegetables like celery or carrots. I just used what I had in the fridge and pantry and also what took the least amount of time to go from fridge to stove. Yeah, I’m lazy like that!
Vegan split pea soup – serves two to three people
- 1 cup split peas, rinsed and sorted
- 1/4 of a purple onion, diced
- 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
- 2 cups of hot veggie broth
- 1 cup of hot water (can use broth instead but I ran out)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onions and saute until translucent on medium low heat for about four minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for two to four more minutes, until mushrooms look wilted. Add broth and water to the pot, followed by split peas. Add seasonings except for salt and pepper. Stir ingredients then simmer mixture with lid tilted on the pot for about 30-35 minutes.
Once peas are soft, transfer about 3/4 of the mixture to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth, however a few chunks are okay. (I like it chunky.) Return blended soup back to pot and stir with reserved broth. (I like to leave a little of the broth in the pot, so that when I put the blended mixture back in, it’s not too thick.) If it is too thick, you can always thin it out with a little broth or water (adding a little at a time to get desired consistency). Add salt and pepper to taste, then stir and serve.
So I love, love this soup. It is super filling on its own, or would go great with some fresh bread or salad. I find this tastes better the next day once the flavors have time to meld. It’s definitely one to keep in your dinner rotation.
Let me know what you think,