Pea Soup

 

Pea Soup (photo: R Marinho)

Pea Soup (photo: R Marinho)

 

So this is one of my favorite recipes to make. I think this is the one recipe that made me want to cook. Even if I don’t want to look at the stove, I will always want to make pea soup. There is something about pea soup that makes you feel like putting on your sweats and curling up on the couch with a good book.

I know most creamy soups have a cream base but Raphael is lactose intolerant and personally I don’t like milk in my soup. This is a low fat and very simple soup.

Anyways, hope you all enjoy this one as much as I do. Hope it comes in handy now that winter is soon upon us. (Sooner if you live in Alberta… suckers!)

  • 1 ½ cup dried green bean
  • 6-8 cups vegetable broth – or chicken
  • 2 carrot sticks – diced
  • 2 celery sticks – diced
  • 1 large onion – diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 4 to 5 pieces of bacon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons dill
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Pour your peas in a bowl and cover with boiling water. This will rehydrate your peas and speed up cooking.
Bring broth to a boil and set aside simmering on the stove.
Meanwhile in a large pot, fry bacon.
Remove bacon and add carrots, celery, onions and 3 cloves of garlic in the bacon fat.
Sauté until everything is golden brown.
Chop bacon in small bits and add to veggies.
Drain peas and add to veggies.
Add broth to mixture.
Add remaining minced garlic and bay leaves.
Boil for 20 minutes.
Add boiling water if the consistence is more stew like.
Add dill and simmer for another half an hour or until peas are soft.
Remove bay leaves and blend soup with hand blender.
Add fresh dill and salt and pepper.

Notes and Tips: When cooking soups or stews try to make your vegetables the same size. It will help cook everything evenly and it looks nicer too.

Notes and Tips: When cooking with dried peas and beans never add anything cold to it because it was stop cooking and never get soft no matter how much you cook it.

Notes and Tips: Instead of bacon you can use turkey bacon or nothing at all. Just use olive oil when sautéing your veggies.

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