(Vegetarian and delicious!!!)
Have fun with flavoring! It is an amazing soup and fun & easy to cook!!!
6 cups water
2 cups (usually one bag) split peas (wash them but do not soak them)
½ tsp salt
1+ cup carrots (cut in round circles … do not over chop)
1 cup celery (you can also add some celery powder if you have it – optional)
1-2 cups potato
1 medium chopped sweet onion
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1-2 tsp fresh or dried basil
1-2 tsp fresh or dried oregano
2-3 cloves garlic – minced
¼ - ½ cup chopped FRESH parsley (skip this if it is not fresh)
1-4 pinches of cayenne pepper
black pepper to taste
Bring water to a boil with split peas. Add carrots, celery, sweet onion, salt, garlic, Italian seasoning, basil, and oregano and simmer for 20 minutes or until peas are cooked al dente. (Add a little more water if needed.)
Microwave the potato until it is almost fully cooked and dice it into chunks and add to soup with about 10 minutes left to cook. Also add parsley, cayenne and black pepper to taste at this point.
Fresh whole wheat bread makes a wonderful side!!!