Soup weather. Don’t you just love soup weather? Living in Northern California has sadly left me with entire years that skipped soup weather. This year though is making up for that. We are going to have a long winter and lots of soup weather. On top of that, I’ve mastered the soup most people judge simply by it’s color. Split Pea Soup.
Split Pea Soup: The Whole Package
Soups that can be a complete meal win me over. If I’m going to make a big pot of soup, I really don’t want to create extra side dishes to go with it. The most you’ll see me do is toast some bread (here is my current favorite gluten free bread) or throw together a green salad. Beyond that, I’m not wasting my time.
Split pea soup is a bit controversial in our family. My husband and my oldest son love it. The younger two are not a fan, mostly because of the color. So on split pea soup night they little eat leftovers.
I’ve found a way to make this a win for us though. I’ll make the soup and store the leftovers for us. Josh, my 8-year old loves taking this in his soup container for school lunches with a couple pieces of bread. I’ve done my research and found some really great containers that keep his food warm by lunch time. My husband likes that this soup thickens up, making it easy for him to eat while he’s on the road. He drives for UPS and is often delivering in the middle of country roads when it’s time for him to take his lunch. He needs food that won’t spill. This one recipe will last us 3-4 days of lunches which is pretty great if you ask me!
Look past the color and try this glorious soup. For those out there wondering what the deal is with split peas, here’s the low-down. Split peas are technically in the legume family, so if you are strict paleo you might not eat these. They are however the same botanically as fresh green beans or fresh peas. So if you eat those and have no issue with them, try this soup and monitor yourself for the next 24 hours. You may have just found a new item you can eat! I know for myself I’m always overjoyed when I find a new food my gut can handle.
I’d love to hear what you and your family think of this recipe, so comment below what everyone thought!