Sunday, March 18, 2012

Green Split Pea & Vegetable Soup

Better than some minestrones. We made it by accident, we forgot to buy lentils, or rather couldn't in the end.

Greek green pea (lentil) Soup

Ingredients
1 cup split dried green peas
2 litres of water
1 large onion, med diced
1 cup celery and the leaves, med diced
3 small carrots, med diced
1 med zucchini, med diced
½ red capsicum, finely diced
1 400g can chopped tomatoes (whole OK)
5 garlic cloves, med diced
1 cup parsley, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp salt
2 tsp chicken stock pwdr + 3 tsp veg stock pwder

Method
Begin by sautéing onion, then carrot, celery, capsicum and after a while the garlic, add salt now.
After about 10 mins add zucchini, parsley then split peas. Mix for a while then add 2 litres of water (boiled in kettle). Finally add the tomatoes and bay leaves, oregano and pepper.
Bring your stock and water to a simmer and add stock powders.
Let it simmer for 30 minutes then use masher to break up tomatoes. Cook for about 50 mins, by then the peas will be nearly tender.
Nice with crusty bread or even white with marg.

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