Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mom's Split Pea Soup

This soup is not fancy, is not complicated, is not crazy. It is simple, and easy, with no frills attached, but to me, it tastes like Love. It's my mother's recipe, and it reminds me of the love she shares with my siblings and I, of the hours she's spent caring for us, healing us, and feeding us. My amazing mother is also an amazing cook, and our house is a favorite hangout for my hometown friends, because there is always something delicious waiting for them there. The more mouths to feed the better. I'm counting down the days until I get to spend Thanksgiving with my family and those friends, something that hasn't happen in over 4 years. There will certainly be some wonderful meals and even better conversation.
So today I'm channeling my nostalgia for sweater-weather Novembers and snow covered grounds with this soup. 80-degree-thunder-storm-pouring-rain will just have to do. It's not bad, just different.

Mom's Split Pea Soup
  • 1lb organic split peas
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 carrots and 2 parsnips
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp each sea salt, dried basil, thyme.
  • 6 cups water or vegetable broth
First rinse the split peas well. Then in your soup pan, brown the chopped onion and garlic in olive oil. Add in split peas and water (or broth) and bring to a rolling boil. Let simmer for 1 hour. Add in chopped carrots and parsnips (potatoes are tasty too) and the sea salt, thyme and basil. Let simmer for another 30 minutes. Serve!

It feeds many mouths. But if you're dining solo or with one other, it freezes beautifully. Wait until it's cool and then pour into individual tupperware containers and pop into the fridge. Then when you need a lunch or dinner you can set it out in the morning, reheat and voila-Love.
Do you have any favorite recipes that evoke special memories? Please do share!


Annabelle Ho said...

mmmm sounds delicious. You gave me some of your split pea soup before. I need to try making it!

Lauren said...

Love split peas and love the parsnip addition here. My mother is a great cook too. Her applesauce and chicken soup hold great memories. Enjoy your time at home and thanks for stopping by Foodtrainers.

EA-The Spicy RD said...

Love the photo with the heart in the soup bowl! I do like split pea soup too, but have need made it before. I definitely want tot try this recipe out. So nice you get to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends this year. I'm fortunate because my family (and my husband's family) all live very close. My mom makes nut rolls every Christmas which is a favorite for me. She's even tried making me a gluten-free version although it still needs a little tweaking :-)

Emily said...

Mmmm, this looks delicious! I think I'm going to try to make this for my family's Thanksgiving :)

Ayla @EatSimply said...

I'm going to make this tonight even though it is so warm right now in Boston. I think this would be good any time of year.