January 24, 2011

This Week's Cravings: 'Soup'er recipes

Soup can be so comforting; it's a perfect winter food. Warm and filling, it's easy to curl up with a steaming bowl and relax. It's also perfect when you are feeling under the weather - which I am now. I've almost lost my voice - but I'm looking forward to lunch because I will be cuddling up to a steaming bowl of today's recipe - Creamy Split Pea Soup.

Pea Soup isn't a normal recipe for me. I really wanted to try something new for todays This Week's Cravings - then I received a soup themed Betty Crocker newsletter. Yes! I altered the pea soup recipe they sent and made this.

Creamy Split Pea Soup

  • 1 lb dry green split peas, rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tb dill
  • pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  1. In a 4 quart crock pot add water, peas, juice, carrot, garlic, bay leaf and salt.

  2. Cook on low for 10-11 hours; or on high 4-5 hours.

  3. If cooking on high, switch to low setting. Add whipping cream and dill. Stir and let simmer 10-15 minutes. Pepper to taste.
  4. Serve immediately. Or make extra creamy- use an immersion blendor or stand blender. Pulse until smooth.

This recipe was a nice suprise.

  • You can't taste the carrots - once blended you can't even tell they're there. It's a great way to hide an extra veggie.
  • I bet it freezes well.
  • Even with cream as an ingredient, the calories are lower than you think because the overall quantity is so large. According to Betty Crocker, it's 300 calories a serving.
  • What would have set this recipe just over the top? Bacon. Or some ham. Add one of these during step 1 and my oh my. (Just remember to remove before you blend!)

What are your favorite recipes for soups, stews, even chili's? Please link up and share this week at This Week's Cravings!


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This Week's Cravings Schedule:

Jan. 3 - Get H-E-A-L-T-H-Y!

Jan. 10 - Momma Mia it's PIZZA!

Jan. 17 - National Pie Day

Jan. 24 - Share your 'Soup'er recipes

Jan. 31 - Favorie Super Bowl recipes

Feb. 7 - Valentine's Cookies & Treats

Feb. 14 - Sweet potatoes

Feb. 21 - George Washington's birthday - share some cherries!

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the country cook said...

So sorry to hear you are under the weather! A crockpot soup full of nutrients does sound perfect for times like those. I have to admit...I've never had split pea soup and I'm a little scared of it. :-) But I really need to give it a try. I'm taking your suggestion and adding some ham when I do.

It's a Keeper said...

This recipe looks amazing! I would love for you to link this or any of your recipes to my blog hop @ It's a Keeper Thursdays. http://www.everydaytastes.com/

Thanks so much for sharing!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Kristen,
Your Creamy Split Pea Soup looks really great. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!