Friday, March 28, 2008

Green Split Pea Soup with Chorizo

This month's host for Waiter, There's something in my... is Jeanne from Cooksister and she has selected Pulses as the theme.

I don't really uses pulses all that often as Paalo isn't a great fan of them so this is a good excuse to cook them! I've opted to go with a "user friendly" type in the form of green split peas

split green peas

There's one thing you always have to do - go through the lot and pick out the yellow ones.

split green peas

I suppose one of the more popular uses is in the traditional pea and ham soup but I'm feeling a little lazy and have come up with a stripped down version.

I've cooked the peas along with a little potato, onions, celery, garlic and chilli flakes in a mix of milk and water until tender, then blended until smooth. It's then topped with a crispy dice of spicy chorizo that just ooze with smoky paprika goodness.

Green Split Pea Soup with Chorizo

Green Split Pea Soup with Chorizo

1 cup green split peas, washed and drained
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, peeled
chilli flakes, to taste
1 small potato, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
milk
Spicy Chorizo, diced into small cubes


Heat a little oil and butter in a saucepan over a low heat and when the butter has melted add the onion, celery, garlic and chilli flakes. Cook this gently until just softened but not coloured.

Add the split green peas and diced potato and stir through the onion mixture.

Pour over with enough milk to cover and then add enough water to cover the lot by about an inch. I'm using milk rather than a stock as milk is a great flavour carrier and it also gives the soup an added dimension of creaminess.

Let this simmer until the peas have softened. You may need to add more water as it cooks.

When soft, pour into a blender and blend until smooth.

Return the blended soup to a clean saucepan - taste and season with salt and ground white pepper. Add more milk to slacken the mixture to your preferred consistency then place back on the heat to come back to serving temperature.

Cook the diced chorizo in a dry pan over a low heat until crisp - the chorizo will release its paprika infused fat as it cooks.

Pour the soup out into bowls and add a good mound of the cooked chorizo into the centre. Serve at once.

Green Split Pea Soup with Chorizo

I've served these in large cup as it's the type of comforting soup you just want to clasp in both hands. As the chorizo sits in the soup more of the paprika will leech out forming saffron coloured tendrils as you stir the soup.

Green Split Pea Soup with Chorizo


18 comments:

  1. Looks lovely - I have wondered about putting smoked paprika in a split pea soup and this makes me think it would work wonderfully

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  2. Your pictures make me want to eat everything you post!!!

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  3. I have just revisited your blog after bookmarking it over a year ago. It is just wonderful and makes me want to cook up a storm more often. I used to cook alot but lately I dont feel that inspired - however after reading and looking at your glorious pictures, I am onto it!
    Besides - chorizo just adds that something speacial to a dish. Well done x

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  4. This looks delicious - the colors are so beautiful!

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  5. Thanks Johanna - they do work well with paprika and a bit of spice.

    Thanks Marie!

    Thank you Missy!

    Thanks Rachel!

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  6. Adding chorizo to pea soup sounds like a great idea!

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  7. How did you manage to get green split peas to end up being so yellow? (We always use yellow split peas for soup because I foolishly have a horror of green soup.)

    -Elizabeth

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  8. Hi Elizabeth - it only looks yellow because of the chorizo, the soup was green but not as green as you expect because I added potato and milk when making it.

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  9. Oh my goodness that looks divine! I am going to make it very soon!

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  10. i really love that photo of the split peas. so green and vibrant.

    kind of cool how they turn from green to gold after cooking.

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  11. Thanks Anna - the final product was not as green as I'm used to in say traditional pea and ham soup but not quite as yellow as they appear - the red of the chorizo really confuses the situation.

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  12. Oh Haalo, that looks awesome! I love pulses but am also plagued by a better half who is, at best, ambivalent towards them. I'm sure, though, that he wouldn't even spot the pulses in this - he'd be blinded by the indulgend chorizo ;-) Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe (which I'm now dying to make) and for participating in WTSIM this month!

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  13. Thanks Jeanne - ah, see you've worked out my secret, put crispy chorizo on anything and it and whatever it is on will be immediately eaten! It even works with chickpeas ;)

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  14. Fearless KitchenApril 12, 2008

    This looks great. I love chorizo, I don't think I'd have thought to pair it with milk but it looks like it would match well and might even tone down some of the more overpowering aspects of the chorizo.

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  15. Thanks FK - milk is a pretty neutral flavour and I seem to use it alot in soups as it helps extend and accentuate the natural flavours of the ingredients it is cooked with. It adds a richness without making it heavy.

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  16. Oh, this looks good! Beautiful sunny colours. I must try it.

    Niamh

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  17. Thanks Niamh - hope you enjoy it!

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