Many of you commented on the Vegan Green Pea Soup I posted a few weeks ago and I totally understood why so many of you wanted the recipe. Green Split Peas are delicious! I remember the first time I tried them, I was at my sister in laws house and I freaked out how delicious and creamy they were. It was so good that I went for a second bowl. Ever since then this ingredient is always in my pantry. What I love most about this particular recipe is that it is a useful way to use up those carrots and celery sticks that sit in the fridge drawer! And let me tell you, it is a winning combination! So creamy and deliciously sweet in flavour, high in protein and fibre and low in fat. Sounds perfect right? If this soup doesn’t make you a soup lover then I don’t know what will! That’s how good I think it is. This is also the type of meal that you can make a big batch and then separate into smaller lunch size containers and freeze. A wonderful idea especially for those of us who are too busy to prepare a healthy lunch on a daily basis. I hope you give it a try. Enjoy x

1 1/2 cups organic green split peas, rinsed

3 large carrots, peel, wash and dice

4 celery stalks, peel, wash and dice

2 potatoes, peel, wash and dice

2 large onions, peel, wash and dice

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 bay leaves

2 tbs olive oil

2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp pepper

2 litres of boiling water (more may be needed)

  1. In a deep pot add the olive oil, carrots, celery, onions and garlic and over a medium heat sauté for a few minutes.

  2. Add the peas, bay leaves, seasoning and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes checking and stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the potatoes and cook for a further 30 minutes. You will notice the vegetables will break down and the soup will become thick and creamy on its own without having to use a blender. If more boiling water is needed, add a cup at a time but remember it is meant to be a thick style soup.

  4. Serve hot with a drizzle of cold pressed olive oil and a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper.

Optional: Add a few slices of fresh chilli or chilli flakes for an added zing!

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