Gingered Yellow Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup
November 22, 2014
Categories: Comfort Food, Soups/Stews, Nuts/Seeds, Vegetables, Peas, Sweet Potato/Yam, North American, Budget-Friendly, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Make-Ahead, One-Pot Meal, Entertaining, Fall/Autumn, Sunday Dinner, Winter, Weeknight Meals, Blender, Food Processor, Stove Top, Heart Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat, No Eggs, Vegetarian, Make it from scratch more
"A great meatless soup recipe. Easy to make; although, a bit of chopping. But, nothing difficult; and, great flavor. Don't forget the pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and a spoon of yogurt to finish it off. Definitely a great recipe."
- Serving Size: 1 (652 g)
- Calories 472.1
- Total Fat - 8.7 g
- Saturated Fat - 3.6 g
- Cholesterol - 13.1 mg
- Sodium - 2162.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 72.2 g
- Dietary Fiber - 28.6 g
- Sugars - 10.8 g
- Protein - 30.2 g
- Calcium - 125.3 mg
- Iron - 6.2 mg
- Vitamin C - 13.4 mg
- Thiamin - 0.8 mg
Vegetable Base ... Add the butter, along with the sweet potato, onion, celery, garlic, ginger, and red bell to a large soup pot; and, bring to medium heat. Saute the vegetables for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Season with a little salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Soup ... Add the broth and split peas (which I rinsed first), to the vegetables; mix, and bring to a boil. Then, cover and simmer for 1 hour stirring now and then.
Finish ... After the soup has cooked 1 hour; and, the peas and vegetables are tender; puree using an immersion blender. If you don't have an immersion blender, a regular blender can be used. Just puree in batches. Once it is smooth; return to the pot. Season the soup with salt and pepper if necessary.
Serve and ENJOY! ... Ladle up the soup; and, finish with pepitas and a dollop of Greek yogurt; sour cream or creme fraiche can also be used. You can also toast the pepitas first, which does add extra flavor. To toast the pepitas, simply add them to a dry saute pan, and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. When you can smell them, they are done. Stir them often. It isn't necessary; but, a nice touch.
A simple salad; or, crusty bread is a great side. Makes for a perfect lunch; or, a light dinner. And, it freezes perfectly.
Note: I used chicken broth in mine; but, if you use vegetable broth, it can be vegetarian. Either way, it is delicious.
Tips & Variations
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