February 9, 2014

Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup

Split pea soup sure doesn't like to sit pretty for a photograph! The ingredients pre-cooked? Gorgeous. But after they become soup? Well... you can see that transformation for yourself. Don't let that deter you because I can assure you the taste is delicious. My daughter and I both gobbled it up and went back for more. I came across this recipe for Smoky Split Pea Soup from Vegetarian Times and I loved the notion of adding sweet potatoes, smoked paprika, and chipotle. However, I wanted my toddler to be able to eat it, so I omitted the chipotle for this version. It's a great vegan, gluten-free soup packed with fiber, protein, and iron. Cozy up to a warm bowl and enjoy!

Vegan, gluten-free
Adapted from Vegetarian Times

2 cups split peas (1 lb. bag)
1 large onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
4 cups vegetable broth + 3 cups water
Salt/pepper to taste
Optional: celery, tomatoes, spinach, chipotle, herbs of your choice

In a large stockpot over med-high heat, saute onion and carrot for 5-7 minutes.
Meanwhile, sort through split peas and rinse well.
Add sweet potatoes, garlic, and paprika to the stockpot. Saute 1 minute.
Add vegetable broth, 3 cups water, and split peas.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to med-low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour or until split peas are tender. Stir occasionally. Salt/pepper to taste.
Serve as is, or blend. If you prefer to blend, I recommend an immersion blender - they're so convenient for soup! You could also do it in batches in a blender. Just use caution as hot foods may explode in blender.

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  1. This looks awesome and I am very excited to try it! Quick question...do you pre-soak the split peas or just add them in?

    1. Just toss 'em in! :) Glad you're excited - hope you love it!!

  2. I'll definitely be given this a try. I have about 1/2 bag of split peas to use up from an old recipe, and just bought a couple of sweet potatoes. I love all of the flavors and am sure it will be great.

    1. Hi Karen! Glad to hear you're going to give this a try! It's one of our very favorite soups and we make it all the time :) Hope you enjoy it just as much!!