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Monday, January 11, 2021

Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup

Peas and carrots are a well-known veggie duo! And they shine brightly together in this delicious Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup. Why not make up a pot of soup, it will be ready when you are! Because nothing is nicer than coming in from out of the cold to a hot bowl of soup...

There is one truth we can all share, there will never be too many recipes for soup! Curried "Peas and Carrots" split Pea Soup is warming in cold weather, and frugal when the food budget is tight, plus it just tastes good! Perfect in a mug so sip, or a bowl with a hunk of cornbread on the side. Or maybe a buttered biscuit. 

Soups are frugal because they can be meaty or contain no meat at all. That is actually the real beauty of soup because it can be made with what you have on hand and still be delicious! This recipe for Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup is delicious without any meat, but feel free to toss in a ham hock for added smokey meaty flavor!

Here is the story of finding this recipe...

I noticed the recipe in a little paperback book of bean recipes, found when we were visiting a used bookstore. The recipes in the book were all printed on coarse paper stock, with no photos. It would have been very easy to not even notice the book at all, but for some reason, that little book caught my eye! I wound up buying several books that day, some novels to read, and the little bean paperback cookbook. 

As it turns out, this soup recipe is a lot like that little book, fairly plain, but also quite wonderful...

Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup, a nice change of flavor!
Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup.

Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup is a very straightforward recipe for split pea soup, but with a touch of curry. The texture of the soup is creamy, the split peas cook down nicely and become part of the broth. Served in a mug, it is a  perfect sipping soup on a chilly day, but have a spoon nearby, because there are lots of vegetables to nibble when the broth is gone! 

Our CSA carrots were so huge we only need 3 for this batch of Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup!

I hope you give Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup a try! You will find both standard cooking directions as well as notes for using your Instant Pot...

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • split peas
  • carrots
  • celery
  • onion
  • garlic
  • bone stock, broth, or water
  • olive oil
  • russet potatoes
  • sugar
  • curry powder
  • bay leaf
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • flour
You will also need the following:
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • kitchen knife
  • cutting board
  • large stockpot with lid
  • wooden spoon 
  • whisk
Now you are ready to begin!

Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup, delicious with crackers!

Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup
inspired by:  EASY BEANS

olive oil, start with 2 T
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 T curry powder (if you are a seasoned curry fan, by all means, add more, if desired)

1 c dried split peas
6 - 7 c bone stock, chicken Broth, Ham broth, or water
4-6 carrots, peeled if desired and diced
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1-2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 t sugar
2 t salt 
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 bay leaf

3 T flour

1/2 c cold water

In a large soup pot, add the oil, onion, and garlic. Saute until the onion is softened. Add the curry powder through the bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes or until peas are very soft and falling apart. Remove bay leaf.

Chock full of vegetables! Curried "Peas and Carrots"  Split Pea Soup.
Look at all those veggies!

Increase heat to high, whisk the flour into the cold water until smooth with no lumps. Stir into the soup, continue to cook the soup stirring constantly until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.

Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup, stove top and Instant Pot directions.

Instant Pot:

Saute onion and garlic as instructed using the "saute" feature on the Instant Pot.

Add remaining ingredients, secure lid, bring up t pressure, cook for 20 minutes. 

Allow Pressure Release to happen for 10 minutes. 

Release remaining pressure. 

Remove lid, return the Instant Pot to saute mode, stir flour into the remaining water, stir the slurry into the soup, cook and stir until slightly thickened. 


A perfect meatless soup, Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup.
Curried "Peas and Carrots" Split Pea Soup. 

Leftovers freeze well. 



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  1. I love so many types of soup and I'm glad you posted a detailed recipe for this one. That hits the spot in cold weather.

    1. It is quite good, without being too filling! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Beautiful soup!! I love carrots in pea soup. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a wonderful week!

  3. Hubby would like this, looks good!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 40 for Soup Recipes, open until January 27.

    1. Any time, thanks for the opportunity to share with your readers, I appreciate it!

  4. This is quite similar to how I make split pea soup, except I’ve never tried adding curry. Sounds like that would change it up a little. I’ve also never added sugar or flour to my beans. ?? Never would have considered that.

    We do eat a lot of beans! They are filling, economical, and vegan. The only problem we experience is the after-effects. 🤷‍♀️

    Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Homestead Blog Hop

    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by! I have found a small amount of thickening prevents a separation of the soup from taking place in your bowl as you eat! And the sugar surprised me as well, until I realized it is a seasoning amount not a sweetening amount, it works wonders with the curry for an overall enjoyable bowl of soup. Thanks for hosting, I always appreciate sharing great food with other great bloggers!

  5. Soup is my kind of comfort food. I'm going to try out this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    1. Pea Soup often gets a bad reputation, such as "the fog was as thick as pea soup!". So I like to kick it up a bit to make soups that are a bit different, this one is quite good. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

  6. I love pea soup!! Thanks for sharing at the Meatless Monday party. Hope to see you again tomorrow!


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