If you're trying to make your money go a bit further in the new year, beans and pulses are a great way to bulk out a meal without breaking the bank.In fact they are among some of the cheapest foods you can buy, and they pack a nutritional punch. Beans and lentils are an excellent way to lower your meat consumption, simply replace mince in cottage pie with green lentils, substitute beans for beef in chilli, or if you're not quite ready to forgo meat entirely, go half and half!
Yellow split peas are one of my personal favourite store cupboard items, I always have a jar waiting in the wings ready to thicken up a stew or to create a hearty soup. They have a lovely creamy texture and can even be cooked into a thick paste, flavoured with rich spices, chilled, breadcrumbed and fried to create some super tasty rissoles. I've chosen to share a much simpler recipe with you, but one that's warming, filling and fragrant. Not to mention incredibly cheap, coming in at 31p per serving. You can make this soup entirely from store cupboard items, or if you're anything like me and what to pack some extra veg into your meals, add fresh onion, garlic and carrots as a base.
Spiced Yellow Split Pea Soup
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1tsp garlic granules
- 1tsp onion powder
- 1/4tsp black pepper
- 2 dried chillies
- 1 bay leaf
- 1tsp ground cumin
- 1tsp ground coriander
- 500g yellow split peas
- salt to taste
- If you are using fresh veg with your soup, fine dice the onion, carrot and garlic and add to the pan with the olive oil, sauté until soft and beginning to colour. When using fresh onion and garlic, you can forgo the dried version in this recipe altogether. If not move straight on to step two.
- Add to the cooked veg and oil your dried spices, allowing them to cook out for a couple of minutes. Next add the yellow split peas, bay leaf, chillies and enough water to cover the split peas plus an extra couple of inches above them.
- Bring the pan up to a simmer and cook for 1 - 1/2 hours, checking the water levels regularly. If it looks like it's getting a little dry add more water until the yellow split peas are tender and creamy. Taste the soup and season with salt to your preference.
- You can leave it as it is or you can whizz it up for an extra smooth soup. Don't forget to remove the bay leaf and chillies before blending!
You can find all the dried ingredients featured in this recipe in our stores, and available to buy online as part of our click&collect or eco-delivery services. Let us know below how you like to use yellow split peas, what is your go-to recipe?
This post was written by Kyrsten Collis @vegboxvegan