Are you looking for a split-pea and ham soup recipe in the dutch oven? Then you are on the wrong page. But wait before you leave to Martha Stewart's recipe inspiration. My creamy green pea soup could be the even better choice. It is so tasty, needs just a large pot and can be ready in under 25 minutes.
Publishing this lean recipe was on my to-do list for quite a while. It is a simple and flavorful legume soup which I love to serve weekdays just with slices of (homemade) whole grain bread.
Isn't this lime green color of the fiber-rich soup below just gorgeous? Of course, you'll also learn why green peas are beneficial for us at the end of this blog post. By the way, are you curious to know what we got last Christmas from our teenage daughter? Maybe you wonder what this has to do with this plant-based soup?
Wait a minute, I'll tell you soon.
Based on staples
Ok, but first let's jump right into my soup recipe. As it is a plant-based one-pot meal you won't find here ingredients like leftover ham rock, ham bone or chicken broth. The great thing about this clean eating meal is that all of the ingredients are staples which I have usually at hand:
- frozen green peas in my freezer from Aldi
- organic potatoes from my mother in law
- my pantry is always fully stocked with onions
- homemade vegetable stock concentrate for the broth in my fridge
- cream in my fridge (this could be soy, half-and-half or sour cream)
Vegan green pea soup recipe
A flavorful and simple legume soup
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 30
- Yield: 3 1x
- 3 medium potatoes in cubes
- 1 onion in small cubes
- 300 gr. fresh shelled or frozen green peas
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 100 gr. (soy) cream or 2 tbsp ground cashews
- 750 ml vegetable broth
- 1 bay leaf (optional)
- some parsley for garnish
- Put potatoes, and onions with the vegetable broth in a large pot or Thermomix.
- Bring it to a boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally (for Thermomix use Varoma speed 1, 20 minutes)
- Add peas and let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
- Add (soy) cream or ground cashews, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
- Puree the soup in your food processor or with your blender until you get a smooth consistency.
- Garnish with some cream (optional) and parsley.
- Serve it with whole grain bread.
- for a variation, you could sautée an onion carrot cubes mix in a bit of olive oil before adding all other veggies and broth.
Health benefits of green peas
Ok, why are green peas healthy? These little peas offer levels of protein, zinc, iron, and phosphorus. Nutrition rich in legumes may help lower hypertension, cholesterol, and may also provide significant anti-inflammatory effects.
These little green power balls contain magnesium, which may affect some inflammatory and metabolic disorders in a positive way, including heart disease and diabetes.
Cute (Valentine) gift idea for soup or muesli lovers
Time to show you what we got last Christmas from our daughter. She knows that we both love eating soups and muesli. So she surprised us with these cute muesli bowls from “fifty-eight” that are large enough to be used as soup bowls. See below.
But these are not just plain white bowls. Just look again, they come all with cute faces at the front that are grinning, kissing or smiling.
I was admiring the “Fifty-eight” porcelain collection for many years. The German company is offering many different porcelain items (like cups, mugs, eggcups or vases) in high quality with these cute faces. So far I was just too much of a minimalist to buy it for us. But hey, when we get them a gift, then, of course, we won't say no;)
So with Valentines around the corner, you might want to consider such a cute gift too for your loved one, may be filled with some clean eating goodies?
Great news, you can purchase these bowls and other items from “Fifty-eight” directly on Amazon.com.
Calories in split pea soup
For me, calories don't play a role with my clean eating nutrition. More important to me is that my food is mostly whole-food-plant-based, filling, nutrient-rich and of course clean. When all these attributes come together I know that I've done the best I can for healthful nutrition and I can't go overboard calorie-wise.
And yet for some people calories in this clean eating soup might be interesting to know. So here they are. As a reference, I used a half and half cream version which makes this soup altogether a low-fat soup and great for weight loss. If you use full fat cream the calories will go up accordingly.