This simple, delicious pumpkin split pea soup looks absolutely lovely with a deep orange-yellow color. The split peas add a depth of flavor and a texture you don’t get with just the pumpkin alone.
Often times, cooking dry beans at home gives less than pleasing results, especially if they are not very fresh. They can still be gritty, even after hours on the stove.
However, split peas and lentils don’t really have this problem if you let them soak for a few hours or overnight. This removes some of the starch and reduces the cooking time. Just make sure to give them a good rinse before cooking.
This soup is a fantastic way of getting to eat a fully home cooked legume based meal.
Pumpkin Split Pea Soup
This great looking (and tasting!) pumpkin split pea soup is simple enough to do and very versatile. Spice it up with Indian curry, cumin, or nutmeg.
- 1 lb yellow split peas about 500g
- 6 cups stock chicken or vegetable
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb fresh pumpkin peeled, seeded, and diced
- salt and pepper to taste
Cover split peas with stock and cook for about an hour.
Add pumpkin and chopped onions and cook for another half an hour or until the peas and pumpkin are soft.
When they are cooked through, drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil on top and mix through.
Use a stick blender to puree the soup, or just use a masher if you like a thicker texture.
Add salt and pepper to taste and any other seasonings you see fit!
While this recipe takes a long time with the soaking and cook time, it’s a great thing to just leave on the stove. With a bit of planning and foresight, you can have it fresh and hot for dinner with little actual work. Just keep an eye on it and stir occasionally so it doesn’t burn or stick.
Want to try a few more pumpkin soups? Here are my favorite pumpkin soup recipes.
Kitchen tools you need to make and serve soup
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