I first fell in love with the Split Pea Soup when I found a vegetarian / vegan version at Andersen's Pea Soup in Buelton, CA.
This soup is made from dried split peas and the more I explored, I figured that it is celebrated by different cultures around the world - in Australia, in England, in Canada, in Germany, in Ethiopia, Indonesia and Netherlands and even in Poland. Of course, each version is different, and some are meat-focused as well. In Finland, pea soup is connected with the arrival of Christianity.
In traditional Jewish culture, food is sacred and is often prepared under strict Rabbinical supervision of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations following Orthodox Union guidelines. Manischewitz is one such American brand and they carry the split pea soup which is actually really quite delicious. You can find it at any chain grocery store, really!
Given my obsession, it just made sense for me to learn to make it myself, and I found a recipe with very few ingredients.
What you need:
1 onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves
Split Peas (2 cups)
Salt & Pepper
1-2 spoons of lemon juice
8-9 cups of water / stock
How to make it?
Sauce the onions and garlic in EVOO (or water if you want an oil-free experience)
Once they start to brown, add the split peas, add salt and pepper
Add half the water, bring to boil, cover.
Check occasionally, add rest of the water.
Let it cook for 1-2 hours until all the peas are soft
Puree with a hand blender, add lemon and serve
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