Post-Superbowl Spicy Split Pea Avocado Soup

 So dried split peas are about as cheap a soup ingredient as you could find.  About $1 per pound.  What’s awesome about the split peas in this soup is that I could afford to blend them up with some Post-Superbowl avocados left over from ‘Guac-fest’ last week….and now they’re mine!  Just a dollar a piece which is as cheap as they get here.  Did you know that avocados take 9 months to ripen completely? I mean including the time on the tree of course.  Healthy fats and creamy flavors at their best right now.  Grab some at your local market while they are trying to get rid of them after the game.

uncooked peas

 So split peas? I had never tried a single one to my knowledge until last year when Bob got it into his mind to make some split pea soup.  I picked up another bag of dried peas after he did because it was a mighty fine first taste of these babies.  Make sure to pick through the bag before you add them into anything, like all dried beans and veggies cause you may find a tiny rock or two amongst the bunch.  Not so tasty and tough on teeth for sure.  

Just 1 cup of split peas has 710 milligrams of potassium and 16 grams of protein.  Yowza!  Combined with a little carrot and celery, and a whole lotta avocado for taste and texture, this is not your Grandma’s split pea soup here.  This soup is oil free, low carbohydrate and light enough for a lunch or side soup for dinner.  Add in any veggies you may have on hand and the creamed avocado and blended peas should compliment them fine.  Make it your own I say.

I also stirred in a spice sample that I received from a monthly fresh spice delivery club called Raw Spice Bar.  rawspicebar

It’s a company that custom blends spices into unusual mixtures and I wanted to see how their ‘Sumac & Herbs’ pack would be with the peas.  Of course you can add in a similar mix of your own but check out their site if you want.  It’s like a ‘gift of the month’ club, only you get awesome freshly ground spices to try.  I’ll have more on their products coming up in March and a chance for someone to try out their service for free as well.  Each month, they send out 3 – 4 unique spice blends, along with cooking tips, techiques & recipes for using each spice pack.  The Sumac & Herbs pack that I used in the soup was suggested to mix into fresh bread dough for a Mexican inspired spicy, tangy flavor.  I thought it would go well with the subltle flavors of the peas in my soup, and it did just fine.  You could certainly use your own flavors to add into the soup or recreate their mix which uses rosemary, sage, oregano, fennel, black peppercorns, garlic, cinnamon and sumac.  Or like I say, your own favorites will be fine.  

 

Spicy Split Pea Avocado Soup from Canned-Time.com

The soup can sit on the stove top for hours if needed.  Just add in the avocado just before serving to preserve the texture.  I add in a little rice vinegar to help keep that fabulous bright green of the avocados and it also boosts up the tang.  If you’d rather not use a vinegar, a Tbs. of fresh lemon will do the trick just as well. 

Spicy Split Pea Avocado Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 16 oz. bag dried split peas
  2. 2 quarts vegetable stock
  3. 2 celery stalks, sliced
  4. 2 carrot stalks, sliced
  5. 3 - 4 Tbs. Rice Vinegar
  6. Spice blend: 1/4 tsp of each: oregano, rosemary, sage, fennel, black pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon.
  7. 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  8. 2 ripe avocados - cubed
Instructions
  1. Check the dried peas for dirt and/or stones. Rinse well and then add them to a soup pot with all other ingredients except for the avocado and red pepper.
  2. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. When peas have softened, carefully blend about 1/3 of the soup with 1 avocado in a blender until smooth. Add creamed soup back into the pot. Add in the remaining avocado just prior to serving.
  4. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes to taste.
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Spicy Split Pea Avocado Soup from Canned-Time.com

Congratulations to Jessica, Barbara, Nicollette and Laura for winning the NuNaturals giveaway from January.  The winning Breakfast recipe will be announced later this week and thanks so much for all of you who voted for your favorite.  I started a new competition for 2015 last week with Family Favorite Desserts as the theme.  

January’s entry was from Cara Reed of Fork and Beans so check it out if you missed her guest post Friday.  It’s perfect for Valentines Day.

 Have a great week everyone and thanks for your comments.  They always make my day ♥

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6 thoughts on “Post-Superbowl Spicy Split Pea Avocado Soup

  1. Sarojini

    Oh my! I never thought of adding avocado to soup before, but I guess if you add it last and heat very gently, the slightly toxic effect of cooked avocado won’t happen. Hurray! thanks for sharing this awesome-looking recipe 🙂

  2. Jessica Eagle

    Hi Angela,

    Thank you so much…again…for your wonderful gift. I’m so excited about it and grateful 🙂

    Mmmmm…what an interesting soup. That’s definitely my kind of confort food 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      You are so welcome Jessica although it was just the pick of the draw so thanks for entering the contest 😉
      This soup was different and more simple than most of my soups ( I tend to like stews that I call soups) but we enjoyed the creamy texture that the avocado gives it ( no avocado taste really) and the peas give it some thickness as well I left the sliced carrots and celery fairly raw as well so it’s a bit chunky. Thanks again Jessica ♥

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