Light, quick, nutritious, and easy, this creamy, filling Green Split Pea Soup is perfect for dinner on those fresh spring nights.
Quick, summer is coming soon! It's still cool enough to eat soup without melting into a puddle of sweat, and just enough for a nice serving of Green Split Pea Soup.
It's barely May and round here the heat gives us little respite these days. Enter this soup: it is so creamy, so filling, so tasty, that you'll be putting it on rotation. This delicious chicharo bean soup is just perfect for cool nights
About this green split peas recipe
It is quite light, but filling; on top of that it is very easy and quick to prepare, and if you have a pressure cooker it won't take more than 15 minutes to serving time. If you have a slow cooker, and the time, even better, as the flavors are better released using this method. Both methods are perfect for the working parent in charge of feeding the family.
While split peas are not very common on the Dominican table, we can always find it in the supermarket and I always have some at home for these occasions. You can prepare this as a vegan or a meat-lovers' dish - both options are included.
Green Split Pea Soup Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups of green split peas
- 4 low-fat turkey or chicken sausages (optional)
- 4 potatoes , peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 large carrot , peels and cut into cubes
- 2 celery stalks , sliced
- 1 sprig of cilantro
- 2 cilantro ancho / culantro leaves (optional)
- 1 large onion , cut into eighths
- 4 allspice berries
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 1/2 quart [1 1/2 lt] of water of boiling-hot water
- 4 teaspoons of olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- Place split peas, sausages, potatoes, carrot, celery, cilantro, culantro, onion, allspice and a teaspoon of salt in the pot (or pressure cooker or crock pot).
- Add boiling-hot water.
In a normal (3 quart [3 lt]) pot
- Cook over medium heat until all the ingredients are cooked through (15-30 minutes). Stir regularly to avoid sticking.
In a pressure cooker
- Cook for 15 minutes counting from the time the pressure valve starts whistling.
In a crockpot
- Cook for 4 hours over medium heat, or 7 hours over low heat.
- To finish (regardless of cooking method), add the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.