Now that I get my fruit and vegetable from La Canasta every Friday, my family has been eating healthier. I promised some of my readers that I will be posting recipes using produce from La Canasta. Here's what I need from my bag for this recipe.
All I need: split peas, onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, and lettuce (I have broth and salt in my pantry)
Split Pea Soup is a perfect match with the produce I got in the bag last week. I made split pea soup last Sunday and it came out so good that I need to share this super easy recipe with everyone. My husband and my kids loved it. I made a big pot of this and brought some to work for today's lunch.
2 large onions, chopped 4 carrots, sliced 4 celery ribs, sliced 1 (16oz) bag dried green split peas, rinsed and drained 2 (32oz) cartons of chicken or vegetable broth 1 1/2 lb for potatoes, cubed 1 big head of any kind of lettuce, or 1 bag of spinach, or Swiss chard, cut 1 inch long
If you have a food processor that can chop the onion and slice carrots and celery, you are so lucky because it will take you no time to prepare this. But if you don't have one, don't feel bad. Go ahead professionally the old fashion way. It's not that bad at all. Just be careful with the onion chopping. It may get you in tears. Even with the food processor be careful when you open the top. Turn your face away (I just learned this lesson last Sunday).
Here's a couple of tips on how to cut onions without tears.
Use a sharp knife: A sharp knife will cause less damage to cell walls of the onion, and fewer irritants will be released.
Chill the onions: With a cold onion, less propanethial S-oxide will evaporate. You'll still get some irritants, but this will help.
1). Heat oil over medium heat in a pot or if you have one of those dutch ovens, go for it. Add chopped onion and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3-4 minutes.
You can eat the soup with rice, with bread or just the soup. This recipe is for my family of 6, so if you have less people you can reduce the ingredients how you like, but if you like vegetables like me, go ahead full steam with the veggies. The only thing that I won't reduce is the lettuce. Enjoy.
Yes, it is! Im glad you made it. And just to mention, this recipe is for meatless pea soup. Often people put ham into the soup also. I tried to make it healthier and focus on the produce I get in the bag. If you have other tips to share, feel free!