Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours
This is a twist on a typical French-Canadian recipe. Pea soup is something that French-Canadians have been eating for ages – it is a traditional dish here. However, the regular recipe requires ham, and I found a way to make this soup taste fabulous even though there is no meat or meat broth added. Chopping a good quantity of vegetables makes it flavorful and colorful as well!
There is one thing that needs to be explained before I give you the ingredients. Some people like to let dry split peas soak overnight before cooking them. The advantage of doing that is that your cooking time is greatly reduced, but it is not necessary. This soup will still turn out fantastic even if you skip this step.
Now, to cook the soup, you will need these ingredients:
- ½ lb of yellow split peas
- ¼ lb of red lentils
- 5 cups of water OR 3 cups of vegetable broth and 2 cups of water (you decide)
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped into small pieces
- 2 peeled tomatoes and chopped into small pieces
- 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ¼ lb of vegan margarine (optional – you may only want to use one tablespoon to cook the vegetables first)
First, heat the margarine in a pot. You can also opt to use vegetable oil here instead. Start grilling the garlic and wait until it is golden. Add all of the rest of the ingredients. Now, this soup takes quite a while to make – this will depend on whether or not you let the peas soak the previous night. However, you need to let it cook until the broth becomes thick. This soup is typically chunky and not very liquid. Although the cooking time can vary according to how you would like to eat this soup, it could take around six to eight hours to prepare.
Please note that even though this may take quite a while to cook, the results are delicious-- much better than canned pea soup!
When your soup is ready, you can chose to add the rest of the margarine and stir it in.
This soup can be put in the freezer and served later on, so if you want to save time later on, make a very large batch – double the recipe to have plenty left over for another meal!
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