I had no idea what I was doing when I made this, as is the norm for most of my cooking. I am horrible at following recipes & generally refer to them as “merely guidelines”- which scares my husband ALOT most days. Most of the time my rendition turns out good, some times not so much.
This is one of the good’ens that’s cheap, and nutritious, with real food ingredients.
So without further ado, I present: Curried & Creamed Split-Pea Soup
Approximately 6-8 servings
What you’ll need:
- 1 16oz bag of dried split peas (usually under $1.50)
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled & crushed (more or less depending on your preference)
- 2 pints of bone broth
- 2 cups of heavy cream (organic if possible)
- 1 tablespoon of curry powder
How to make it:
- Soak your peas 12-24 hours in filtered water to cut down on your cooking time later. The peas will absorb the water, so make sure they have plenty.
- After your peas have soaked, drain & rinse them.
- Pour them into a big pot, along with the crushed garlic cloves & bone broth – bring them to a boil at medium heat for about 30 minutes. Add more water if you feel they need it. Mine was pretty soupy like this right before they started to boil:
- After they’ve boiled for 30 minutes, they should be “broken down” some or resemble a pea that has been smooshed. That’s what you want, so let them boil a little longer if you need. Once you’ve achieved the “smooshed-ness”, you can proceed.
- This is where you want to add your curry powder. Stir it in & let it simma’ a minute. Your kitchen should now smell like chicken ramen noodle soup & you’ll notice your split peas are taking on a yellow-ish color. All normal.
- Now is when you add your heavy cream. Dump it in, stir it around, and let it boil for a little bit longer. You want it to thicken up & smoosh those peas a little bit more.
- Now you can add your sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste. I wouldn’t let it boil longer than 15 minutes since you don’t want that cream scalding to the bottom of the pot.
This is a very thick & hearty soup. Peas are full of fiber, and potassium- both of which are essential for a healthy diet. A single cup of cooked dried peas provides about 65% of the daily recommended value of fiber.
Since I had the majority of the ingredients already on hand, I can’t tell you exactly how much this costs per serving- but between the peas & cream I only spent about $3, which breaks down to .38 cents a piece for my family of 4 if we eat it twice. Curry powder & garlic go a long ways, so consider the investment one for the long haul in your kitchen.
What’s your favorite or “go-to” soup for the fall & winter?
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