Split pea soup is one of the easiest meals to make from things in your pantry and you don’t really need to follow a recipe. We made this one night when we didn’t feel like doing anything too involved. Here’s an approximation of what we did.
– 2 cups of dried split peas
-1 large yellow onion (finely diced)
– 3 large cloves of garlic (minced)
– 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 5 cups of vegan stock (whatever you have on hand)
– 2 large carrots (or 8-10 baby carrots) (halved and then coined)
– 2 vegan hot dogs (cubed)
– pinch of salt
– dash of pepper
Here you can see some of the specific ingredients we used. I couldn’t decide which salt to use yet at this point (I know, it’s just salt right?).
First rinse the split peas and drain them. Next sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil. When the onions are cooked and your kitchen smells all garlicky, add the stock, split peas and carrots and bring to a boil. Once the soup is boiling, put a
bird* lid on it, turn down the heat and let it simmer until the peas are all tender, which can take up to an hour and a half.
While the soup is simmering away, you can get the vegan hot dogs ready. Fry them up in a pan using the least amount of oil possible. The skins might stick to the pan and burn a little, that’s ok, b/c the burnt skin part is still good and gives the soup a smoky taste. Just keep frying on medium heat until the hot dogs are lightly browned making sure to scrape off all the burny goodness.
When the soup is done, use a potato masher to roughly mash the soup directly in the pot (or use a high speed blender if you want a smooth soup). Add the browned vegan hot dogs and skins and incorporate. Finally, add a bit more salt and pepper to taste. I decided to add a dash of rosemary salt from the Beautiful Briny Sea, a local artisan.
If you don’t have stock on hand, you could probably just use water, though keep in mind that you are going to have to amp up the flavor of the soup in other ways like adding more onion and garlic in the beginning. This is a super easy meal to make, you just have to plan ahead because of the simmering time. Enjoy!