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This is a way cheap and easy recipe. It’s one of my daughter’s favorites.

For this recipe, I use:

  • 1 bag of dried split peas- about $1.60
  • a few potatoes – 50¢? I dunno.
  • an onion- cents.
  • a few cloves or garlic – also cents (although mine was free thanks to a gardener friend)
  • dashes of your fave seasonings. I used lovage,oregano,salt & pepper
  • water

That’s pretty much it but I did throw in a handful of spinach,too.Most people add carrots but I hate those things. Unlike most split pea soup recipes, this has no chicken or ham broth ,so it’s totally vegetarian /vegan. You could use veggie stock instead or water,but water is just fine.

I figure it’s roughly $2.50 for a whole pot and serves my family of 8 with leftovers.

Split peas are unlike dried beans that need an overnight soak. You don’t need to soak them.

To make the soup, do this:

  1. Put your split peas in a stock pot and add enough water so that the peas are covered with about an inch of water on top. Bring to a boil, then simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, cook diced potatoes,onions, and garlic in a skillet. When those are done, add to pot with peas & water.
    OR …. saute the onions & garlic in the stock pot before adding the peas,water and potatoes. Both ways work just fine. This time I just happened to do it separately. Like this:

    Taters,onion,garlic
    Taters,onion,garlic
Looks like what was spewed in The Exorcist but thankfully, it tastes much better
Looks like what was spewed in The Exorcist but thankfully, it tastes much better

3. The total cooking time of the peas should be about 30-40 minutes. When they’re soft and mushy, don’t even bother putting them in a blender or food processor. You should be able to mash them down in to a smooth consistency with a potato masher or a sturdy mixing spoon.

In my opinion, non-pureed split pea soup just looks more appetizing.

And that’s that.

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