When I was little I loved pea and ham soup but haven't eaten anything similar since becoming vegan. However, I want to introduce you to the most amazing bowl of soup in the world. This soup tastes EXACTLY like pea and ham soup but is vegan! It is amazing. Jerome and I couldn't believe how delicious the soup was and the crazy depth of smoky flavour. I always thought that it was the meat in pea and ham soup that gave it that smoky flavour but it is the split peas! You would never even know that this was a different recipe. After we ate this, I called my mum up straight away and told her that she had to make it right away... and she did! She made it for herself and my stepdad in the pressure cooker and they couldn't believe it! I guarantee that there will be a flavoursome party in your mouth when you eat this and your family and friends will definitely be impressed. Have a go and tell me what you think. Enjoy!
1 tablespoon oil
1 leek, pale and light green part thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced potato
1 cup green split peas
1 cup yellow split peas
1 teaspoon "smoked" paprika
10 cups low-sodium veggie stock
thyme leaves from 2 sprigs
freshly cracked black pepper
- Rinse the split peas under running water and drain. Set aside.
- In a large pot on high heat, add the oil, leek and garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes until fragrant.
- Add in the carrot and potato and sauté for a couple of minutes.
- Add the split peas and "smoked"paprika and stir until combined.
- Pour in the vegetable stock and stir.
- Bring to the boil and then turn the heat down to a slow simmer.
- Add in the thyme leaves and freshly cracked black pepper.
- Simmer for 50 minutes to 1 hour UNCOVERED stirring occasionally until the split peas have begun to break down and the soup has become thick. Add more stock for a thinner soup.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
- You must use "smoked"paprika. It is different to normal paprika and gives the soup that extra bit of smokiness.
The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline. One serving of this amazing bowl of soup contains 72% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 20% of your RDI of iron. It also contains no cholesterol, is very high in dietary fiber, high in manganese, high in protein and high in thiamin.