One of the easiest ways to cut household costs and save money is in the grocery store. Going vegetarian is almost always a surefire way to slash the cost of a meal. Take today's soup, for example: It's split pea. By leaving out the traditional ham, I'm saving at least $3.00. That's $3.00 toward my trip to Italy/France/Spain/Portugal/wherever my heart desires. ;)
I mean, really. Which would you rather have: ham in your soup, or a pair of Italian shoes...bought in Italy?
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
in the slow cooker
What You Need:
- 1 lb dried split peas, sorted through to remove debris
- 4 cups water or vegetable broth
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4" thick coins
- 1 cup sliced celery
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp minced basil
- optional: 1/2 tsp curry powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Add everything but salt and pepper to a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, then reduce heat to low and continue cooking until ready to serve.
- Consider taking your potato masher and mashing up the veggies a little bit at the end of the cooking time. I like for my split pea soup to have an even texture. Doing this gives me the mouth-feel I like from split pea soup.
- Before serving, taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
- I like to serve this soup topped with garlic-cheese croutons and a dollop of sour cream.