Yup, split green peas! I bought them on the day they made that soup. I love psychic foodie stories. I honestly could not believe the coincidence although my family is kind of spooky this way, which I love.
I divided the recipe in half but will write it in full for you. I did make quite a few changes from the original recipe to give it my own foodie touch.
Saute 2 medium chopped onions in a Dutch oven in some oil for about five minutes. I also seasoned them with salt and pepper.
Add 2 cloves of minced garlic, 3 diced carrots, 3 chopped celery ribs and I added 1 coarsely chopped peeled sweet potato. I seasoned with salt and pepper.
Add eight cups of water.
Stir in 1 large bay leaf, 1/2 tsp celery seed (I only had celery salt so I only added a pinch), 1 tsp dried basil and 1 tsp dried thyme. If you want, also add 1-2 tsp of liquid smoke. Reg hates liquid smoke so I omitted it.
Add 2 cups of dried split peas (carefully checked and rinsed).
Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until peas are soft and disintegrate when stirred.
That actually did happen but you know what? When I tasted it… OMG, no flavour! I mean… zilch. Boring, dull, I could never eat this in a million years so I went into problem solving mode.
Knorr Homestyle Stock has saved my foodie butt I don’t know how many times. When a flavour disaster is upon me, adding concentrated stock adds flavour and body to a boring drab soup.
I added one little pack and boy, did it ever make a world of difference! Thank goodness we aren’t vegans, I would never survive. Believe me, I’ve already tried.
Of course now when I look at the Jamie’s photo for the post that day I see that she brought out the chicken stock, LOL. She was ahead of me!
This soup is brilliant. Absolutely wonderful. I am so glad I used the sweet potatoes because they took off that not-so-pleasant green edge associated with this soup that I loathe and also addied a beautiful sweetness to it. I also added a touch of Sriracha hot sauce, just a touch, to make it even more tummy-warming.
I do not know what the weather is like where you are but it is colder and snowier than ever on the east coast right now. I might make this soup again this weekend, especially Reg told me that I finally did it. I made a split pea soup that was even better than Habitant!
Words like that keep this foodie going…