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February 8, 2011

Sorry to post two soup recipes back-to-back:

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…but it’s that time of year, isn’t it?  It’s cold, windy, blustery, snowy, gusty, and all around unpleasant outside.  I was hoping for a school cancellation…but alas, they don’t close the university for general nastiness.  Jerks.

Since I have to actually go to work today, I made dinner this morning.  It’s always a bit of extra effort to have dinner prepared before we leave for school, but it is SO worth it to come home at 7:00 and have dinner already cooked and ready to go. 

We’ve been trying to use up more of our pantry goods, and we’ve been holding on to a small bag of split peas for about a year now, so I decided it was finally time to put them to use.  Ryan claims to not like split pea soup, but I think he just holds a grudge against it because of the infamous scene from The Exorcist: (*Warning*—do not watch if easily freaked out by demons, vomit, the devil, small children possessed by the devil, or split pea soup)

Understandable. 

Still, even he can’t deny the deliciousness of this soup.  It ain’t pretty…but it’s dang tasty.

Split Pea, Cauliflower, and Carrot Soup

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

3 large cloves of garlic, minced

2 cups carrots, chopped into 1/4 inch rounds

3 cups cauliflower, chopped into 1 inch pieces

1/2 cup split peas

4 cups vegetable broth

1-2 cups water

Directions:

In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat olive oil.  Add onion and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook for another few minutes.  Add carrots and cauliflower and season generously with salt (about a teaspoon).  Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes until vegetables are starting to soften and brown.  Add split peas and vegetable broth, and bring to a rapid boil.  Boil for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover partially, and cook for another 30-45 minutes, until the split peas have softened.  If too much of the liquid is absorbed, you can add more water as the cooking continues (I added an extra cup of water, which was perfect). 

Serve warm, with a big hunk of crusty bread!

Here are some pictures of the cooking process:

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And the final soup (which in my opinion is at least prettier than the soup they used for The Exorcist).

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Make this soup—the power of Newlywed, Newly Veg compels you!! 

Have a great day! 🙂

30 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2011 5:18 pm

    wow this looks so good! I would love a seat at your dinner table

  2. February 8, 2011 7:24 pm

    I never get tired of soup! Looks delicious 🙂

  3. February 8, 2011 7:25 pm

    You make the best soups ever!!!!

    P.S. What did you think of The Bachelor last night?! I’m almost done watching it, and man Michelle gets crazier and crazier every.single.episode!

    • February 9, 2011 7:36 pm

      Ahhhh, they are ALL crazy!!! I can’t believe that Chantal already said “I love you”– everyone knows you save that for the fantasy suite date!!! 🙂

  4. February 8, 2011 7:51 pm

    Girl, right now you cannot have too many soup recipes on hand!

  5. February 8, 2011 8:26 pm

    I think even I would eat this soup. Yum!

  6. February 8, 2011 9:19 pm

    Soup is so yummy when it’s cold outside! It’s just like cuddling with a puppy!

  7. February 8, 2011 10:16 pm

    Looks really delicious–perfect balance to the amazing dessert recipes in the blogosphere this week!

  8. February 8, 2011 10:20 pm

    I love split pea soup! Can I come over for dinner? Love the addition of cauliflower!!! YUM!

  9. February 8, 2011 10:21 pm

    i adore split peas…i feel like they always taste like there’s a ham hock in there, even if there’s not!

    • February 9, 2011 7:35 pm

      Yes! I forgot to put in the recipe that I added a few dashes of liquid smoke to mine, which REALLY gives them that ham hock flavor!

  10. February 8, 2011 10:21 pm

    I looveeeee pea soup! So good. And your pictures look beautiful!

  11. February 8, 2011 11:01 pm

    Never apologize for posting soup recipes – they’re my fave! 🙂

    I’m going to have to try this, as we just received both carrots AND cauliflower in our CSA box today!

  12. February 8, 2011 11:37 pm

    This looks wonderful, I haven’t worked with split peas in ages and this recipe looks like a great way to get back into them. Thanks!

  13. February 9, 2011 12:25 am

    the photography is just beautiful, anna!

    and never apologize for two soups in a row. there are far worse offenses in life 🙂

  14. February 9, 2011 12:47 am

    Mmm… never apologize for posting soup recipes. Just keep ’em coming until the weather warms up. 🙂

  15. February 9, 2011 2:01 am

    I am all about soup these days. I need to buy split peas and try this! I wish I had it together enough to have dinner prepared before I left, but I do get home earlier than you.

  16. February 9, 2011 2:28 am

    I love soup recipes! It’s perfect winter time comfort food! This looks delish!

  17. February 9, 2011 3:27 am

    I havent made soup in awhile. I got a William Sonoma soup cookbook for Xmas and have only made one recipe–thats a fail to me and I need to flip through it!

    I remember seeing the Exorcist when it came out in theaters about 10 yrs ago and was soooo freaked out.

    • February 9, 2011 7:34 pm

      Ha– yes! I watch it every year at Halloween, and it STILL scares me!

  18. February 9, 2011 4:47 am

    This soup really looks good. Thanks for sharing this recipe. We really like cauliflower.

  19. February 9, 2011 12:35 pm

    Those are some lovely photos! And I love that you added veggies to it. I think what’s intimidating about regular split pea soup is that is just smooshed peas and not much else. This, on the other hand, looks chunky and hearty and delicious!

  20. February 9, 2011 4:03 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful!!!
    This soup looks like it would be an immediate favorite – I love how satisfying pea soups are and I am a huge cauli fan.
    Keep the heart-warmers coming, I definitely don’t mind seeing soup recipe after soup recipe!

  21. February 9, 2011 5:42 pm

    I wish we had chilly weather here so I felt compelled to make soup! But nope – I feel more like having ice cream. 😦

    • February 9, 2011 7:33 pm

      Ohhhh, how I wish we were having ice cream weather right now!! 🙂

  22. February 9, 2011 9:04 pm

    Well OBV. I have to make this now! But I’ve totally eaten soup every day this week! May I be excused from soup until next week? pretty please?

    hahaha I totally want this! regardless of soup overload! ❤

  23. greensandjeans permalink
    February 9, 2011 10:34 pm

    I feel like next week we both shouldn’t watch the bachelor on monday so we can watch it together on hulu at a coffee shop somewhere…

  24. February 10, 2011 12:35 am

    Anna, this soup looks wonderful! So warm, homey and absolutely delicious. I would love to try it sometime. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I’m so glad I found your blog and look forward to exploring your recipes! – Georgia

  25. February 10, 2011 11:44 am

    Haha! I love it! I am adding this to my list! I saw a split pea soup yesterday, too! I’ll have to space them out in the menu – Mr. P complains about too much soup. Silly man…silly, silly man! ❤ Soup!!!

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