Monday, January 2, 2012

Greench's Split Pea Soup

The Feast of Winter Veil is over but we have fresh memories of new foes faced to keep us warm throughout the rest of the wintery months. And soup! Yes, after the Greench retreated to the furthermost databanks of the server (he got tired of getting ganked), adventurers discovered he had hidden more than just holiday treats and a lost reindeer in his cave.

There was a large pot of what looked like split pea soup. It was utter delishness! Spotting a cookbook nearby, the adventurers decided to see what was actually in the soup they had eaten. To their surprise, it was full of more than just split peas and ham. Leave it to the Greench to 'ruin' a perfectly good soup by making it healthy! Hmmph!

Greench's Split Pea Soup

8 Servings | Total Time: 45 min | Journeyman

  • 2 cups Dried Split Peas
  • 1/2 cup Dried Lentils
  • 4 cups/1 carton Vegetable Stock
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2 Large Celery Stalks
  • 1 Medium Carrot
  • 1 cup Ham, diced
  • 1/4 Bunch of Asparagus
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1/4 cup Parsley, fresh (plus more for garnish)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese, for garnish
  • Salt & Pepper if desired
  • Kitchen Weapon Proficiency: Food Processor
Craft: Add split peas, lentils and stock to a large pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Meanwhile, remove the tough ends from the asparagus. Thinly slice so the asparagus pieces are roughly the size of the peas. Add to the pot and stir. Roughly dice onion, celery and carrot. Add to a food processor with garlic cloves and pulse until well minced. Add the vegetables to the pot and stir to combine. Add spinach and parsley to the food processor and pulse until minced. Add to the pot and stir again. Let the soup simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed. Season to taste. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and parsley sprigs if desired.

Strategies: You hide nearly any vegetable in this soup. Just try to stick with the green colored onces and make sure they're well minced! If you want to add a kick to the soup toss in some hot sauce and/or red pepper flakes. This soup makes a relatively big batch but it also freezes well to make a quick reheat meal when needed.

LFM: Serve with rolls or cornbread.

  • Dried Split Peas | $0.30
  • Dried Lentils | $0.30
  • Vegetable Stock | $2.00
  • Onion | $0.50
  • Celery | $1.00
  • Carrot | $1.00
  • Ham | $2.00
  • Asparagus | $2.50
  • Spinach | $2.00
Total Cost: $11.60
Cost Per Serving: $1.45

Category: Casual

*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

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