Thursday, 13 November 2008

Simple and Delicious Pea Soup

This is one of my families favourite cool weather meals, and it really is simple to make.  I have altered the recipe so that there is no chopping involved (making it super simple) but it's a basic recipe that can be played with and new things added in for variety.
Pea Soup
4 cups of vegetable broth (or chicken broth if you prefer)
2 cups of water
1 cup green split peas
1 cup long grain brown rice
1 bay leaf
sprinkle of thyme, basil, chives, and parsley (or 1 tbsp each of fresh but don't add until final minutes of cooking)
little sprinkle of pepper

Put everything into a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer (giving it the occasional stir) until rice and peas are cooked (approx 50 minutes).  Remove from heat, remove bay leaf and stir in:

2 tbsps of miso dissolved in 2 tbsps of water (but I leave this out when I don't have any miso and it still tastes great)

Some options you could try are carrots added during the last 15 minutes of cooking, or else kale/spinach/other leafy green added with the miso.



Heather said...

So...that uses one cup of peas and now you've only got...what? 153 cups left? ;-) 12 and a half pounds of peas is quite a lot, heh? ;-)

Andrea said...

Oh that sounds delicious! I'm adding that to next week's menu list! If you want to trade some peas for beans.... I've got black beans, fava beans and great white northern beans... didn't really think of the effect of having quite that many beans total.... what are those white bags? 25 lbs?