Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Old Fashioned Split Pea and Barley Soup

It's a rather cool and rainy day today. Even the dogs don't want to be outside. I was reviewing Rose Reisman's book again and happened upon her low fat recipe for pea soup - 167 calories per serving. I knew my mother would appreciate this soup so during commercials of the England/US soccer game I managed this 6 serving recipe, had some, and the game is still on. Quick, easy, tasty - what more can I say.

1/4 cup pearl barley
2 cups water (or vegetable or chicken stock)
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup chopped carrots
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
4 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
1 cup peeled and chopped potato
3/4 cup green split peas
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1. Combine the barley and the 2 cups of water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until the barley is just tender. Drain any excess liquid. Set aside.
2. Lightly coat a large, nonstick pot with cooking spray, add the oil and set over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes or until just softened. Add the carrots and garlic, and cook for another 5 minutes or until the carrots are slightly softened.
3. Stir in the 4 cups of stock and the potato, split peas, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered for 35 minutes or until the split peas are tender.
4. Puree 2 cups of the soup in a blender or food processor. Return the pureed soup to the saucepan and stir in the barley. Heat through and serve.

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Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

No, I can't believe it has been a whole year. I hope you do something special Psychgrad. This soup would be very welcome on this rainy day Giz:D

FOODalogue said...

I like split pea soup...don't know why I never make it.

Happy anniversary to the not-so-newlyweds.

kat said...

Our last week felt more like fall than summer so this would be perfect

Ruth Daniels said...

Wow! Time surely flies when you're having fun. Happy anniversary and may there be many more - all filled with wonderful food and joy!