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Split Pea Soup w/Toasted Croutons Recipe

Split Pea Soup w/Toasted Croutons Recipe

Split pea soup is a favorite nutrient-rich comfort food for many of us. This zesty vegetarian version is so filled with taste and nourishment, you’ll never miss the ham bone.

Caraway and mustard croutons add flavor and crunch; an animal-friendly and deliciously satisfying soup!


7 cups water
1 pound green split peas, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup diced parsnips
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 teaspoon celery flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 slices rye bread, cubed
1 tablespoon caraway seeds, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup skim milk

1. In a 3-quart saucepan, combine water, split peas, onions, parsnips, carrots, celery flakes and rosemary; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until thick and the water has been absorbed.

2. Meanwhile, in a large no-stick frying pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the bread, caraway seeds and mustard, saute for 5 minutes, or until the croutons are golden. Set aside.

3. Stir the milk into the split pea mixture. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until heated through. Serve sprinkled with the croutons.

Serves 4.

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Adapted from New Vegetarian Cuisine, by Linda Rosenweig and the Food Editors of Prevention Magazine (Rodale Press, 1994). Copyright (c) 1994 by Linda Rosenweig et al, Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from New Vegetarian Cuisine, by Linda Rosenweig and the Food Editors of Prevention Magazine (Rodale Press, 1994).

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1:45AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Sounds tasty, but the cooking time is a bit too long if you're trying to catch up with 101 things over the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

12:32AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

This sound really good. I am an omnivore so I will be adding some complete protein to this in the form of canadian bacon-nitrite free.

3:43PM PST on Dec 3, 2011


5:11PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:25AM PDT on Apr 28, 2010


8:59AM PST on Feb 21, 2010

Lovely, though with non-dairy milk.

10:00PM PST on Dec 29, 2009

How's about uncooked split pea soup?

6:42AM PST on Dec 18, 2009

Would it be possible to get nutrition data for any of the recipes on this site? I see a lot of claims to the foods' healthfulness, but I don't see any data to back up those claims.

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