Split Pea Soup
Split pea soup is an enjoyable classic soup that is filling at the same time it leaves family and friends asking for more. This soup really deserves its popular reputation. Nearly everyone seems to like this soothing, nutritionally dense soup. Making a big pot of split pea soup is a wonderful way to nurture others.
This is a soup that can benefit from bits of ham added to the pot or even a nice ham broth. A little bit of smoke flavoring may be used for seasoning. However, it can be interesting to veer from the standard split pea soup recipes. Adding a tiny amount of miso (fermented soybean paste) can enhance the flavor of split pea soup, too. White miso can add a mellow and mildly salty taste. Red miso will impart a heartier and richer influence.
Seasoning alone is not the only way to create soup made from split peas that moves beyond the traditional recipes. Instead of using the standard green split peas, one can also use attractive yellow split peas to move beyond the status quo. One can also puree other vegetables and add them to the pea soup for an intriguing melding of flavors.
Dried spices are another way to recreate this timeless soup. Some curry or other Indian spices can really make one’s soup pop with vibrancy and newness.