Easy Split Peas Soup with Spicy Croutons

I realised more and more I am starting to like grown up food. I avoided soup like the plague. Now I'm creating my own little recipes for the soups I never wanted to eat. Being under the weather this week, cooking need to be short so this split peas soup partially done in my slow cooker and so very tasty

Split Peas soup recipe

This is a perfect recipe for those instances when you really cannot do too much. The recipe does not call for a lot of prep work or standing over a stove. All the work was done by my slow cooker.

Easy Split Peas Soup

I added my split peas to my slow cooker overnight. Split peas swell tremendously. I have learnt that the hard way previously. I took out 2 cups to soak over night when I was making dhal and I ended up with enough for an army. So remember that when using these peas that they swell a lot.

Incorporating these types of peas into your diet has it's advantages. Split peas are full of fiber. One single cup of peas provides close to 65% of the recommended daily fiber. It also provides protein, B-vitamins, and other minerals. It is said to have isoflavones which reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer.

Easy Split Peas soup recipe

After leaving the split peas to cook/soften overnight it's just about finishing it on the stove for a few minutes. Honestly, I think this all can be done in the slow cooker but I like my celery to be a little crisp when I'm eating my soup, so I finish it up on the stove. You can surely add your peas, and seasonings to the slow cooker and leave it to get the same soup.

I sauteed my celery and added the split peas and seasoned. Salt, black pepper and garlic. And left it to simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes. The split peas were already crushed at this point so I really just wanted to seasonings to incorporate into the soup.

While it was simmering I decided to make some croutons with a little kick. Olive oil, black pepper, salt and red pepper flakes. Baked for 15 minutes.

Easy Split Peas soup recipe

This soup just makes enough for two.. or a greedy one... like me. It was smooth and very seasoned. I like my dhal chunky but my split peas soup I like very smooth. Since I used the slow cooker I didn't really need to use my immersion blender and it got it to a very very soft texture already.

Easy Split Peas soup recipe

The spicy croutons added a nice touch and texture to the soup.

Let's thank Irvin Naxon for his invention. It allowed me to have a lazy day today!!

Happy Monday guys!!


Split Peas Soup with Spicy Croutons

by Home Made Zagat
Prep Time: 00:05
Cook Time: 04:15
Keywords: slow-cooker appetizer soup/stew vegetarian split peas

Printable Recipe
Ingredients (2 servings)
    For Soup
      • 1 cup dried split peas
      • 2 cups water
      • Salt & black pepper to taste
      • 1/2 tbs sp garlic powder
      • 2 celery stalks, sliced
      • 3 tbs sps heavy creme
    For Croutons
      • 3 slices of bread
      • Olive oil
      • Salt
      • Black pepper
      • Red pepper flakes

    For Soup
    Put split peas into slow cooker
    Cover with water (make sure that the water is more than covering the peas)
    Cook on low for 4 hours (or high for 2)
    Heat cast iron pan
    Add oil
    Saute celery until translucent.
    Add split peas from slow cooker
    Add salt, pepper and garlic powder
    Let simmer on low for 10 - 15 minutes. Keep an eye so that water does not dry out
    Crush split peas to desired consistency
    Add heavy creme and stir
    Pour soup into bowls
    Top with croutons

    For Croutons
    Heat oven to 400 degrees
    Cut bread slices into bite size pieces.
    Toss with olive oil, black pepper, salt and red pepper flakes
    Lay out on baking sheet
    Bake for 15 minutes
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