My kids get excited when I tell them we're having split pea soup for dinner. Weirdo kids. I wouldn't say this soup is to die for but if my kids will happily eat something that is cheap, healthy and made in the crockpot, I consider it a win. It's an especially great meal for a cold Lenten Friday. And if you think split pea soup is gross then, hey, it's especially appropriate. That's what I tell my husband.
1 16 oz. package of split peas (or 2-3 cups)
1 diced yellow onion
1 cup diced carrots
1 diced potato (I normally leave the skins on.)
8 cups water
3 tbsp. vegetable soup base (I prefer Better Than Bouillon)
(You could also just use 8 cups veggie broth if you'd prefer)
1 tsp. kosher salt (or to taste
pepper to taste
1 extra cup carrots
2 extra potatoes
Throw everything but the optional ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low 5-6 hours or on high 4-5 hours. Puree with an immersion blender. If it's thicker than you'd like, add a little more water.
Throw some crackers on it and serve it up. Maybe your weirdo kids will eat it, too.
This time around after pureeing I diced up the extra cup of carrots and two potatoes and threw those in. Keep the crockpot going another few hours to soften them. This is nice if you like a bit more texture in your soup because it's certainly not the most appetizing looking of foods when just pureed. Also good for babies at the I-insist-on-eating-things-on-my-own-but-soup-doesn't-work-that-well stage. I'll fish them out so the Luke-babe will be able to eat them on his own.
It doesn't matter. Split pea soup in any form is just not pretty.
But vegan, crockpot, gluten free, freezer friendly and cheap? Yes, please. I'd estimate it costs about $4 at the most to make a meal that will feed this family of six TWICE and that's WITH the fancy organic stuff. I'll sacrifice the aesthetics, thank you.
Linking up with Beth Anne's Best. Click on over for some more meatless meal ideas for Lent!