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Miso Hemp Split Pea Soup

In Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on December 30, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Miso Hemp Split Pea Soup

This holiday was too short.

Rob is still at home but definitely not loafing about. He has decided he can do more cleaning (aka throwing things out) when I am not around. Apparently, I make throwing things out difficult. Case in point: now that we have zero devices that can read CDs and DVDs (except the car which can read CDs), we want to get rid of all our CDs. I completely agree. However, after Rob nicely packed them up, I went through them and pulled out ones to give to my parents. How could they not like Delerium, Orbital and Bjork?

Anyways, yesterday Rob decided to try to sell them. I was impressed Rob got almost $80 from the closest music store for their top picks. He will try another store tomorrow.

Now, I also want to sell my DSLR. Does anyone want a Nikon D80? Let me know!

Anyways, still learning the ropes with my pressure cooker. I really like yellow split peas but I knew my stash was old… and I don’t like finicky beans that just won’t cook. Pressure cooker to the rescue! I took a standard recipe and put it in the pressure cooker for 15 minutes, a bit longer than JL’s recommended 6 minutes for her split pea soup and marginally longer than this recommended 10 minutes. Well, let’s just say the pressure cooker pulverized my split peas. The extra liquid sopped it up nicely. No immersion blender needed for such a silky soup.

Even without a pressure cooker, this soup would be easy to make. And highly recommended, too. The miso adds a nice umami and the hemp seeds added a bit more texture which was lost with the split pea explosion. I added a garnish of crushed walnuts, too.

Need other ideas for split peas:

Split Pea Soup with Lemon and Spinach

Smoky Split Pea Soup with Roasted Garlic and Sage

Lemon-Ginger Split Pea Soup with Toasted Coriander

Finnish Double Pea Stew with Apples

Split Pea Dal with Ginger and Lime

Ethiopian Split Pea and Kabocha Squash Stew with Collards

Kik Alicha (Ethiopian Split Pea Puree)

Iraqi-Inspired Eggplant and Seitan Stew

Miso Hemp Split Pea Soup
I am sharing this with Souper Sundays and Bookmarked Recipes.

Miso Hemp Split Pea Soup
Adapted from Julie Morris

1 tbsp coconut oil, or oil of choice
1 large onion, diced
4 large cloves garlic, pressed
2 carrots, peeled and chopped small
2 bay leaves
2 cups dry split peas, rinsed and drained (I prefer yellow)
8 cups water
3 tbsp white miso
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil, Once hot, add onion and saute for 5 minutes until tender. Add garlic and carrots and saute for 2 minutes more.

2. If using an (electric) pressure cooker, transfer onions and carrots to a pressure cooker, add the bay leaves, split peas and water. Bring to pressure and pressure cook on high for 8-10 minutes. I did 15 minutes with a natural release and they virtually fell apart.

If using a regular pot, add the bay leaves, split peas and water. Turn up heat to bring a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 60-90 minutes until the split peas have cooked through, almost falling apart. Remove the bay leaves.

3. Stir in the miso, making sure to let it dissolve (you may want to remove a small amount and dissolve it separately). Stir in the hemp seeds. Add walnuts prior to serving. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serves 6.

  1. Wow…this would be SO good…hemp, walnuts, coconut oil, miso??? All my fav’s!!

  2. 1. Yes, this soup was good!
    2. Yes, throwing out things feeeells soo good!
    3. Yes, please buy Janet’s Nikon D80. It still works good!
    4. Yes, it’s time for me to make lunch. Today it is MIGAS!

  3. […] we embrace more minimalism, I certainly don’t have enough mustards to host a party right now, but this bowl of my […]

  4. Curious – what kind of pressure cooker did you get?

    • I think Rob was drawn to the name: The EZ Bean Cooker. If you want an electric pressure cooker, I would probably opt for something with more functions. Some have a slow cooker function, too, which would have been nice!

  5. This soup sounds exactly like what my sick self needs! I’ve been doing some purging of stuff myself and it feels so good, so I support Rob and his throwing out things. All the extra space feels awesome!

  6. I love the use of the miso and the hemp in this soup. Makes me want to drag out my pressure cooker more often.😉 Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week.

  7. […] Make a green salad to eat with a big bowl of this Miso Hemp Split Pea Soup. You can even add in a hunk of bread to top it […]

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