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    I've basically spent the last week at work looking for recipes with CORE ingredients and after all that, I mixed 2 of them together.

    The split pea soup has a surprise in it that makes it crunchy!

    Split pea soup:

    2 Leeks (or onions or shallots, whatever you have), thoroughly washed and cut in slices
    Split peas (I put a whole bag because I'll be freezing some soup for later)
    Thyme (fresh: 4 branches but you can put more), leaves only
    Garlic (2 cloves but I would also put more next time), crushed
    One acorn quash (gives it a little sweetness that's just lovely), peeled and cut into pieces
    Salt and pepper to taste (don't hesitate on the salt)
    Water (I'm not sure how much I added but around 6 cups and it was a little thick)

    * Soak the split peas for 1 day or a night before (I read somewhere that if you first boil the dried split peas for 5 minutes then let them soak in water for 4 hours it speeds up the cooking time later).
    * Saute the leeks in a large saucepan or pressure cooker with olive oil until they are soft
    * Add all the other ingredients and bring to boil
    * Let simmer for about 1 hour or until you see the peas "melting" in the soup
    * Remove from heat and mix it until smooth

    Now for the surprise
    Because I like my soups smooth and all mixed (I'm French, that's how we eat them there, not with pieces of stuff in them like the italian minestrone or american chicken soup...) I generally like to have something crunchy with them, like croutons or a piece of bread and cheese (yes, here again the "frenchness in me"). But I'm trying to stick to the CORE and not eat breads.

    So, the surprise is simply to wash and cut a zucchini in half lengthwise. Brush it with olive oil and bake it at 450 degrees for 10 minutes (not more)!
    Then let it cool a little bit and cut it in 4" chunks and add to your serving bowls with the soup in it.

    Believe me, it's a great soup, very comforting food for me. I especially recommend it during the colder nights coming up.

    Take care!
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    Default Re: "Crunchy" Split Pea Soup with Leeks and Acorn Squash

    I've been thinking about Split Pea Soup lately! And this looks delicious...Mmmm~ :bcbsalute
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