Split Pea Soup: Comfort Food for Pennies

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As a busy mama who handles the grocery planning, buying, and budgeting, I always appreciate a clean eating recipe that doesn’t break the bank. Even better if it tastes delicious and makes a ton of servings at one time.

Welcome: Split Pea Soup

This may not be the lasagna or mashed potatoes and gravy type of comfort food, but believe me, it hits the spot. The texture, the sweet flavor, the warmth. Especially as the last many months in the Pacific Northwest have been so chilly and rainy, this is a perfect dinner to sit down to at the end of the day. And when a 16oz bag of split peas, which is what you need for this recipe, is about $1, this lands in the cheap category!

 

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Split Pea Soup
Original recipe from dealdiehl.blogspot.com
Serving: 1 1/4 cup
Containers: 2 Yellow, 1/2 Green, 1 tsp
Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs of dried split peas (about 2 cups)
3 chopped carrots (baby carrots work just fine)
1 large chopped onion
3 minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon cracked pepper (I omit this as the hubs isn’t a huge fan of pepper)
2 teaspoons Himalayan salt (or whatever your preferred salt is)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bay leaf
Directions
1. Rinse, drain and pick over your peas.
2. Add peas to crock pot, cover with 3″ warm water with a tsp of salt and turn crock pot on high.
3. Sauté carrots and onions in olive oil until lightly browned, add minced garlic and saute for one minute longer.
4. Add sautéed veggies on top of peas. Add salt, pepper, thyme, and bay leaf. Stir and replace lid.
5. Leave on high for 6 hours, or switch to low for 8-10 hours.
6. Remove bay leaf and blend contents of slow cooker in batches. (If you have a high-end blender, that really gets the very best texture. You may also leave the soup unblended, if you prefer this texture.)
7. Dish up and enjoy!

Tip: This is especially good paired with turkey bacon. Odd as it may sound, I would take a bite of each at the same time to get the best flavor combo! The crunchy saltiness of the bacon perfectly compliments the smooth sweetness of the soup!

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