Ever since my beloved Bean Cuisine went out of business, I have been searching for a replacement for my favorite soup — the Thick As Fog Split Pea. I’m happy to report that I think I have found my replacement. A bit of tweaking on an old Ina Garten recipe, and this soup came to be.
This soup is super delicious (if you’re a split pea fan), and basically couldn’t be easier to make. In case you need more convincing, here are some other pluses: it’s gluten free, dairy free, and it can be made to be vegan/vegetarian. Plus, it makes a lot of soup, but not like the “OMG I’m eating the same soup for lunch and dinner for 4 days in a row because it makes 14 gallons” amount. Because you best believe that KC and I do that on a semi-regular basis…
Winter Minestrone for dayyyysssss.
This recipe makes about 6 bowls; so, if you’re like KC and I, it will last you for 2 dinners and 1 lunch.
Only downside? Trader Joe’s doesn’t carry split peas.
Split Pea Soup
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 medium to large carrots, diced
- 3 small red potatoes, diced
- 1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed (these can usually be found with other dried beans in the supermarket)
- 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- In a large stockpot over medium heat, add some olive oil to the bottom of the pan, then add in onions, garlic, spices, salt (start with 1/2 tsp) and pepper. Saute until softened and very fragrant (5-10 minutes).
- Add in the carrots, potatoes, chicken stock, and half of the split peas. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
- Add the remaining split peas and continue to simmer for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally (especially at the end, to keep the bottom from burning).
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Optional: I like my split pea less chunky, so I generally take a whisk to it at the end to help break up some of the bigger chunks of veggies and potatoes. You could also take a hand blender to it if you like yours really smooth. Totally not necessary, just personal preference!