Split Pea & Lentil Soup

Still sick! Yay…
I’ve grown accustomed to living off soup and NyQuil, but I have a good feeling it’ll end soon considering it’s been over a week. Moving on, let’s talk about this bomb ass soup. I can’t complain, I know I say that a lot, but after having liquid-y food for a week, I think that means something. So get your butts in the kitchen and give it a try.

I love the density of this soup, it’s not a light one where you’re still looking for more afterwards. You’ll feel nice and full after. Reeeal satisfying.

There is a great blend of veggies in here, along with a good amount of spices. Also, I f*cking love lentils and split peas… when they get all soft… YUM.

Portions of this recipe were borrowed from Verna at The Cheeky Chickpea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c of split peas
  • 1 c lentils
  • 9 c water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp water or broth
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp liquid aminos (optional)
    OR
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 3 c spinach

Instructions:

  1. Rinse the green split peas and lentils well and add them to your favorite soup pot (5 qt or bigger) with salt, bay leaves and water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. While peas are simmering add onions, broth, pinch of salt & pepper to a med/lg skillet . Saute on medium heat for 5-7 minutes or so till onions are soft and slightly caramely, then add rest of veggies and cook for 5 minutes or so till slightly softened.
  3. After 15 minutes add rest of ingredients to the pot, cover and continue to simmer for an additional 45 to 50 minutes, stirring occasionally , until peas are (fall apart) soft.
  4. Right before you take it off the heat, add in the spinach, let the leaves soften and cook for about a minute or so.
  5. Remove from heat and season with more salt and pepper if desired. If the soup seems to thicken add more water if you like, or broth.
  6. Frying your veggies first is optional but adds extra flavor
  7. Enjoy that sh*t!

Deliciously Perfect Lentil Soup

I’ve been sick this week, and in need of some tasty-ass soup. I cooked this up and it hit the spot. The original recipe used red lentils, but the grocery store hid them all from me so green lentils were substituted. Still bomb. This recipe is from Dreena on Dreena Burton.

The recipe only took a half hour to cook, and it got eaten just as quickly. Packed with protein, and all the best spices to get you feeling right. Sick or not. Soooo mf good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons plus 3 1/2-4 cups water divided
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups dried red lentils
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary (see note)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Instructions:

In a large pot over medium heat, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the water, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, paprika, curry powder, sea salt, thyme, and black pepper and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rinse the lentils. Add the lentils, the remaining 3 1/2 cups of the water, and stock and stir to combine. Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Add rosemary and simmer for another 8-10 minutes or more, until lentils are completely softened. Stir in vinegar, and add more water to thin the soup if desired. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Rosemary Note: Fresh rosemary is quite exquisite in this soup, but if you don’t have it, you can use dried. However, if you’re using dried, add it at the beginning of the cooking process, along with the other dried spices, and use less, 1/2-1 teaspoon.