|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 24g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||19%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This easy to make and healthy soup is especially nice to serve for a fall or winter family meal or Shabbat dinner. The mixture of split peas and lentils gives this vegetable soup a nice texture, especially once it is blended until smooth. While it takes a little over an hour to cook, it's mostly hands-off, making it an easy cold-weather meal.
Dunk fresh, crusty bread or challah into it for a nourishing meal. Follow this simple, flavorful soup with a savory mushroom and onion omelet or a wrap sandwich. Carry the comfort food theme through dessert with these dairy-free oatmeal raisin cookies with chocolate and nuts.
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion (peeled, trimmed, and chopped)
- 3 celery stalks (trimmed and chopped)
- 3 carrots (peeled and chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 1/2 cups dried split peas (picked over and rinsed)
- 1/2 cup green lentils (or brown; picked over and rinsed)
- 8 cups water
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Optional Garnish: freshly ground black pepper, parsley
Gather the ingredients.
In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and bay leaves and saute until the onions are soft and translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Add the split peas, lentils, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes.
Stir in the parsley, salt, pepper, basil, and thyme. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 40 minutes, or until the peas are falling apart and the vegetables are soft enough to mash.
Remove the bay leaves. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Or let the soup cool a bit and pour it in batches into a stand blender and pureé. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper, and fresh chopped parsley, if desired.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.
- Before using dry split peas or lentils, sift through them with your fingers, looking for shriveled up peas or even small rocks. Discard any rejects and rinse and drain well.
- Note that the cook time will vary depending on the age of your dried lentils and split peas. Older peas and beans take longer to cook than fresher ones.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. The soup can be frozen for up to three months.
For extra flavor, replace some of the water with vegetable broth.