Growing up there were a few typical meals and lots of them were the meals I would make when I moved out of home after seeing my mum cook them time after time. One of those was Split Pea and Ham Soup. It was so simple and the texture and salty smokey flavour was delicious.
However 6 years ago when Sam and I went vegan was the last time we cooked this dish, I thought that because we didn’t want to have the ham part of the soup it really wouldn’t have much flavour without it and would just be like any other vegetable type soup – I was wrong.
So I started looking in to how to make the vegan version and found lots of recipes, what I have done is combined and changed these until I found the perfect combo. We have now made this particular recipe over 10 times and it is always so delicious so I felt it was a about time to share it!
- 2 cups dried green split peas
- 8 cups purified water
- 2 tablespoons stock (we love Nutra Organics – Vegetable Broth – Immune Wellbeing)
- 3 carrots – chopped
- 1 red onion – chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves – crushed
- 2-3 stalks of celery – chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 TBS Rice Bran oil (or water)
- 1/2 TBS Liquid Smoke (more depending on your personal taste)
Add oil (or water) to a large pot and turn onto a medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic and stir until the onion starts to caramelise. Add the split peas, water, stock, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to the bowl. Reduce to a simmer and simmer until the split peas can be easily pressed against the side pot.
Add Liquid Smoke and using a stick blender blend soup until completely smooth. Currently I don’t have a stick blender so I simply spoon the soup into our Vitamix and with the lid on but the center part of the lid slightly off (to let out the steam) I blend until smooth.
Serve with some fresh cracked pepper and crusty bread.
So good! Enjoy!
*Note – you can leave the Liquid Smoke out, however this is what gives the soup it’s smokey flavour and it really does add something special – if you can find it I highly recommend grabbing it. It can also be used to flavour tofu and veggie burgers etc.