Yellow Split Pea Soup
When it's cold outside you need something healthy and delicious to warm your families insides and lift their spirits, nothing hits the spot then Yellow Split Pea Soup. It's quick, easy, healthy and not to mention easy on the pocket. Split Pea Soup is rich in proteins and it comes in two colors, yellow and green, I love both, it's just that yellow looks prettier. This is an authentic Greek traditional dish and you can find it at all local taverns when traveling to Greece, but, you don't have to travel to Greece to have this yummy dish. Take a walk to your local grocery store, I'm sure they have plenty. I have been such a food aficionado all my life, not only because of my family's Greek culture but also due to my dad's refined taste buds. He always appreciated a higher quality of food and Split Pea Soup falls under the category, a higher quality of food!
Split Pea Soup, a.k.a pease pudding, it was made in Medieval Europe and it's a popular dish in the Greek culture a.k.a Fava which is served as an (appetizer) or meze as we say in Greek. Fava can be prepared as a puree or you can make it a bit chunkier, I prefer puree. My mom prepared it as a main dish with a side dish of any type of seafood. Once again, I enjoyed my Yellow Split Pea Soup with fried calamari. If, you don't like calamari serve it with a side of bruschetta.
Split Pea Soup, of either color, are rich in fiber which helps the digestive system. All peas contain manganese, potassium, copper, protein and vitamins such as B1 and B5. For all the above reasons Split Pea Soup is a perfect meal at any time of the day!
- 500 grams yellow split peas
- 1 medium sized onion chopped
- 1 medium sized shredded carrot
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 5 - 8 tbspns olive oil
- salt & pepper taste
1. Take your split peas and add them to your pot cover with water. Place on stove, boil on medium heat.
2. When peas come to a boil ( this will be your first boil) remove from heat, drain them in a colander and rinse with cold water.
3. Return to pot
4. Add all your ingredients and last add your olive oil. saute for about 10 minutes. Add water making sure water covers the peas.When the peas are just about covered I add two extra cups of water. If more is needed while cooking, I just as add it.
5. Allow to boil until creamy and tender. Scoop batches of soup with a soup ladle, pour in a blender and mix until smooth.
6. When serving drizzle with olive oi.
TIPS: a) Use an immersion blender, this is faster and easier
b) For a spicier taste use homemade broth or 1 beef knorr
c) If the soup is too thick, thin it out by just pouring more water.