As the sun starts setting earlier, the temperature drops, and you're feeling chilly, nothing will warm you up from the inside out like a warm and spiced bowl of soup! This Southern Comfort Split Pea Soup will do the trick!
I'm excited to share this recipe with you because split peas are so nutritious and are an excellent protein alternative to beans.
Yellow split peas are used all over the world, but mostly in northern India where they're called "matar daal." Split peas are also used to make English pease pudding, dhal in the Guyana region, Iranian khoresh gheymeh, sweet snacks in Beijing, and appetizers in Greece and other European countries.
In the U.S. we really only see one dish made with split peas, and that's split pea soup.
Of course, the recipes vary, but overall they're pretty similar. Green split peas with onion, carrots, celery, mild seasoning, and often bacon or ham. You can try my plant-based version of this Traditional Split Pea Soup. (The photos are not very good, but the flavor is super yummy!)
However, if we want to incorporate more split peas into our diet, we need to find more ways to prepare them to keep us interested and our taste buds satisfied.
Sweet potato, corn, and collard greens, along with a few specific herbs and spices give this split pea soup a Southern flair!
I think you'll find it refreshing take on an old-time favorite!
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By Chef Katie Mae
Makes about 4 servings | Ready in 30–60 minutes | Stores 1 week in fridge
STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS
INSTANT POT DIRECTIONS
The water amount depends on the cooking method, how long it cooks for, and how thick you want your soup. On the stovetop, I use 6 cups of water, but in the pressure cooker, I only use 4 cups.
The longer you cook for the split peas and sweet potato, the creamier they’re going to be. If you want a creamier soup, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
When using the Instant Pot, if you find the sweet potatoes are not fully cooked when you open the Instant Pot for the second time then repeat steps 5 and 6.
If you like a little more heat, after serving, feel free to drizzle your favorite hot sauce over your soup. I also like to sprinkle on a little extra nutritional yeast.