Monday, August 11, 2008

Mock Split Pea Soup

This soup is perfect for low carbers. It requires no soaking or pre-cooking split peas. In fact, it doesn't use split peas at all. It uses green beans! So if you have a bag of frozen green beans, a half an onion, celery, garlic, water, salt and pepper, you have a soup!

The bacon is optional, however, it adds a smoky taste to the soup. Ham may be used too. Leave it in large pieces and simmer it with the soup. Remove it before pureeing the soup, cut into smaller pieces and return it to the soup.

Mock Split Pea Soup

1 16 ounce bag of frozen green beans
1 15 ounce can of chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 garlic clove
2 bacon strips cut into 1/2 inch pieces or use 2 tablespoons oil or butter
2-6 cups water
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, cook the bacon until the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon and set aside. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add the onions, celery and garlic. Cook over medium heat until the they are soft, but not browned. Add the frozen green beans, the chicken broth, and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are very, very soft. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Working in batches, put the solids and liquid into a food processor. Pulse until smooth. For a soup with more texture, pulse one 1 cup of the mixture only long enough to have some smaller pieces of the vegetables. Return the soup to the cooking pot. Add water to the desired consistency. Bring to a boil and simmer. Add reserved cooked bacon. Serve hot.

I hope you like it Lisa!

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