Lately the weather has been waffling between summer-like and winter-like. One day last week, when it was feeling particularly chilly, I decided to make a hearty split pea soup. The potatoes and barley give it the consistency of a stew more than a soup, and the addition of nutritional yeast and Liquid Smoke™ give it a creamy smokey flavor without the additional of ham. This recipe makes about 6 servings.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup dried split peas
- 1/4 cup barley
- 4-1/2 cups water, or vegetable broth (I use Imagine’s “No Chicken Broth”)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke™
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 large potato, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I set my grinder to a very coarse grind, as you can see by the large black specks in the photo)
In a large pot (6 quarts works well) saute the onion and bay leaf in the oil over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add the split peas, barley, and vegetable broth or water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow it to simmer for 1 hour.
Add the carrots, celery, potato, salt, black pepper, nutritional yeast, and Liquid Smoke™ and simmer for another hour or so, stirring occasionally, until the peas and vegetables are tender.
Serve with crackers and a salad for a healthy, hearty meal.
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Now this sounds great! Thanks for the recipe!
You’re welcome! And it’s one of those dishes that is worth doubling, because the leftovers are even more flavorful.
Oh, and thank you so much, Rob, for the tip about Liquid Smoke. I never did find the smoked nutritional yeast, so this worked out perfectly.
I am making this next Monday! Thanks.
Let me know how it turns out, and if you try any variations. I made another batch last night, without the potatoes, so it was a bit thinner, but still delicious!
that sounds wonderful – I love a soup that you can stand your spoon up in! And I love barley but haven’t used it for years. Oh and split peas – yummy; this one sounds like a keeper – thanks so much for sharing and for popping by my blog to say Hi 🙂
Thank you! It is definitely a keeper! I’ve made it several times now at my family’s request. Thank you for stopping by!
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