Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
1 pound dried split peas (2.5 cups)
1 cup of crushed tomatoes
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
3 cups water
2 dry bay leaves
3 sprigs of dried thyme (or 1 teaspoon of dried thyme)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
First, rinse the peas thoroughly in a large bowl. Check for pea husks, stones or other natural items that may be in the package.
Then soak washed peas for 1 hour in same bowl with cool water. The water should be at least an inch or more above the peas. This process will soften the peas and also bring other husks or items to the top of the water to remove.
Rinse well and drain the peas again, set aside.
In a large stock pot heat up olive oil over medium heat.
Add in garlic and onions stir and let saute till translucent. Then add in the celery and carrots. Stir together and then add in tomatoes.
Stir completely then add in broth and water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer until peas have fallen apart, 1 to 2 hours.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaves before serving
I like to serve along side a nice piece of crunchy French bread. Yum!