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Weekend Blizzard & Split Pea Soup!

November 13, 2011

We have definitely been hit by the first real blizzard of the year. AND it is great! The snow is actually sticking and its cold enough (we’re talking below 0 at night) that it is building up. On the roads even. When the Steamboat Transit is behind schedule, we can call it real. And so it is.

Friday night I got home and decided to try a very simple and speedy soup recipe. I don’t think you can go wrong with a $4 soup that serves 2 in 30minutes! Easy to make, and easy to keep the ingredients on hand.

Simple Split Pea Soup:

1 medium onion, diced

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced (or 2-3tsp of crushed garlic from a jar)

Pepper, crushed red pepper and paprika to taste

1 cup dry split peas (1/2 a 16ox bag)

4 cups water

Directions:

Soak peas during the day in about 2 cups of water (the original recipe didn’t call for this but I saw no way to make this a speedy soup if it wasn’t a step in the process. They will absorb all of the water and be softer). When you’re ready to make the soup, heat olive oil in the bottom of a large pot and add onions and garlic. Cook 5 or so minutes until soft and beginning to smell good. Add peas, 3 cups of water and spices and bring to a boil for 15-20min. Now is where you make the biscuits ;]. Once the soup is boiling for a while, you can either use a hand blender and blend most of the soup or you can take half of it (like I did) and put it in a blender. DON’T FORGET it sucks to blend hot soup. It will explode. I do have a trick though..dont fill the blender more than 1/2 way and only use to pulse setting…pulse carefully and quickly a few times and your soup will not explode. Return the blended soup to the pot and voila!

YUM! The recipe said it served four…and it might if you also make a salad or only have the soup as a side. However, as a meal in itself (with a yummy homemade biscuit of course) I only got two servings from it. This is a plus for me because I like to make meals with smaller serving numbers so I am not getting bored of leftovers after a week of eating them. Of course, if you want to make this for four, use the whole packet of split peas and double everything else.

I also found a great baking mix at the grocery store called Pioneer Brand. It is basically Bisquick but a smaller brand name so a little cheaper..plus it comes in a canister so it is easier to deal with. I mixed 1 cup of it with 1/3 cup milk and had three tasty biscuits in 20minutes! Seriously…you can’t go wrong with a biscuit and some butter or a great jelly. (Especially if your excellent mom just mailed you a jar of jalapeno jelly) :]

I should warn you now, it is going to be a soup-filled winter!

And here are some photos of the last few days:

^one of our early morning visitors (who make the cats crazy)

^Oh yes, the cats…Evin + Jax…learning to be friends! ❤

Enjoy!

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