23 June 2016

Yellow Split Pea Soup (vegan)

A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline. Vegan & dairy free. www.tinnedtomatoes.com


Am I mad to be craving soup in the summer?

I've been eating a lot of salad. I gave up on soup in favour of salad at the start of spring.

It happens every year. I eat so much soup over the winter, that I start to get a bit fed up with it, so when the sun starts to make an appearance and the temperatures rise all I want is salad. They seem new, fresh and exciting to me after a dark, cold winter and all the heavy food I've craved.


It's time to give soup a chance!

This one is a simple split pea soup with a hint of spice.



A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline. Vegan & dairy free. www.tinnedtomatoes.com


I never make split pea soup

I have no explanation for you, it just never pops into my head. That is until a visit to the pub we frequent every Monday after work for dinner with friends. It's a wee traditional pub called The Bank Bar. All wood and cozy corners.

We're creatures of habit and always eat in the snug at the same big round table which seats six of us easily. We have Gav behind the bar who serves us with a bit of chat and Susan in the kitchen who sometimes offers us an off-menu meal (she does great chilli). They have a good selection of veggie dishes that are homemade, tasty and cheap.

I love lentil soup

I love Susan's lentil soup (which she serves with toasted crusty homemade bread) and check the blackboard as soon as we walk through the doors hoping it will be the Soup of the Day. After arriving, seeing it wasn't lentil, sighing and voicing my disappointment, I was persuaded to try the Split Pea Soup. It was super tasty. So of course split pea soup floated around in my head the rest of the week until I gave in and made some. Spot on first try!


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A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline. Vegan & dairy free. www.tinnedtomatoes.com
Vegan Split Pea Soup
A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp dried cumin
  • 300g yellow split peas
  • 2 litres vegetable stock (4 stock cubes), add more water if required
  • a good grinding salt and black pepper
Instructions
1. Saute the onion and garlic in a large pot with the olive oil until soft.2. Add the celery and carrots and cook gently for another few minutes.3, Add the cumin and split peas, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and leave to cook for 50 mins to an hour until creamy, stirring occasionally and adding more water if you need to. Whizz until smooth with a stick blender.4. Season with salt and pepper, then serve with crusty bread.5. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 4-6 generously



If you enjoyed this soup, try my Fridge Lentil Soup

A warming lentil soup, made to use up salad drawer stragglers. Healthy, nutritious and very, very tasty.

31 comments:

  1. It looks delicious. I don't think I've made split pea soup before, I should try it.

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    1. Thanks Anca and yes you should. I really enjoyed it.

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  2. Still a lovely meal any season! Always hearty and nourishing!

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  3. I love yellow split pea soup but even more than lentil! I love the way it kind of holds together until you whizz it up. I find it more filling too. Yours looks great, and of course we legit have soup days even in summer up here in Scotland ;-)

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    1. Yes that's true, although I think it's going to be a warm, sticky night tonight. Doors and windows open to cool down just now.

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  4. We eat soup all through the year too, as with the UK weather you never know if it is going to be cold in summer or not. This looks delicious.

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  5. I never make split pea soup either, but if ever I am given some I love it. I'll have to try your recipe - the cumin sounds so good in it.

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  6. I love split pea soup. The extra spice will make this extra delicious. GG

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  7. Hehe to be fair it's not exactly been summery weather lately! Maybe your body is already gearing up for winter ;) This looks yummy, I always love lentil-type soups.

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    1. It's been pretty nice here the last few days, we seem to be getting the best of the weather after a week or two of rain.

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  8. Yum! This looks like such a hearty, delicious soup! Love that you added lots of cumin ;) Sharing!

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    1. Everyone one is impressed by the cumin. Am I the only one that spices her soups?

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  9. Nothing wrong with eating soup in summer! Heck, I've been known to eat Oxtail stew on the warmest day of the year. Pulses are the way to go for pocket and environment and your soup looks great.

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    1. Definitely, they are a quick, cheap and nutritious meal.

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  10. Yeeess, this yellow split pea soup is awesome! But I have to admit, my soup cravings went down a lot as soon as spring came around. Either way, I never tried yellow split pea, it's deffo about time :D

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    1. It's probably a thing that happens to most people. I am quite happy to get back to soup again.

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  11. You know, I have never cooked with split peas. I think I need to change that. Your soup looks delicious and I love the addition of the cumin. It's one of my favourite spices!

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    1. Yes me too, I use cumin in a lot of dishes. It's such a warming spice.

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  12. I love soup in summer but I don't think of split pea soup until winter comes around - have been eating it recently to cope with the cold - sounds lovely to have a pub that serves it

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    1. Yes our wee pub is great. You are heading into colder months, so lots of soups again, just as we head into summer.

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  13. I do love lentil soup but actually I don't think I've ever made a split pea soup either! I definitely spice my soups and cumin is so lovely and warming in this type of soup. I'm sure I'd love it!

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    1. Yes spicing soups really makes a difference, although there as some soups I make and flavour with herbs instead. I find that works with lighter soups.

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  14. Yellow split pea soup is a staple in our house...I grew up having it! So good, nutritious, and so easy! Love the recipe and addition of celery!

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  15. Hi Jacqueline,

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  16. I'm more than happy to add spices to soup. I have a nice recipe for carrot and cumin (and actually I like roasted carrots sprinkled with cumin too as a side dish). So, why not? you could maybe add a touch of turmeric too?

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  17. Haha I have been craving soup lately as well, even though it is 100+ outside :) This sounds delicious, and I love the sound of the wee bar you go to!

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