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Savory Split Pea Soup

What you need: 

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon dried parsley
pinch rosemary
1 tablespoon vegan bouillon mix
2 cups dry green split peas
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

What you do: 

1. In a deep and large pot, add olive oil and fry the vegetables on medium-high heat until softened and the onions are translucent and starting to brown. Stir in the parsley and rosemary.
2. Add water to your pot, filling to 1/2" from the top. Set the heat to high, dissolve bouillon and add the split peas, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.
3. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to medium, cover, and wait, stirring occasionally. It will take about 1 hour or more to cook down, but patience is a virtue, especially since this soup is so good and simple.
4. Give it a good stir with a whisk once the peas are mushy; this will make the soup creamy without making a mess with the blender. Stir in the basil.
5. If you like a thicker soup, let it boil down longer until the desired consistency is reached. If you like a thinner soup, feel free to add water when you notice it becoming too thick.
It's impossible to make this soup taste bad. Hope you like it as much as I do. Fresh basil makes this split pea soup an absolutely to die for dish.
Source of recipe: Getting creative in the kitchen.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes, Cooking time: 1 1/2 hours
Cooking Time: 
1 1/2 hours
Servings: 
6 to 8
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I've made the BEST split pea soup from this recipe.It has come out absolutely delicious each and every time. Thanks for posting!

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So yummy!  Spanx!

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;)b  I have made this several times and love it!!! I have never used vegan buillion/stock because I don't usually keep those things in the house, but it always tastes great anyway! The only addition I reccommend is to use some hickory smoke seasoning salt to your bowl just before eating.This smoke flavor gives it that little something extra and subsitutes well for the fact that there is no ham, so even non-vegans will love it!

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Thanks yabbitgirl! And yes, adding potato is a delicious idea.

A note about the time - Did you salt the water? The peas hold their shape longer if you do. I usually try to add no salt (that includes broth, etc) until the end...because I'm impatient and want my soup ASAP!

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This stuff is gorgeous! My peas took way more than an hour to become soft, more like 3 hrs, but it could be cause they're from Peru, maybe they're a different kind. I let it bubble away on the back of the stove on a nasty cold day. I didn't have any fresh basil (I used dried)  but I did have fresh rosemaryand it is simply wonderful. Hearty and comforting! I can see adding a few cubed potatoes to this, and sprinkling hot sauce.

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First, LOL on the troll/spammer "reviewer".  I have to admit it worked though- I clicked on his stupid ad.  :-\

Thanks for the great recipe!  I added carrots for color and 1 box of vegetable stock.  Yum!

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