Ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right? Like, it starts off the wrong way and things just keep happening? I call them "soup days". Days when all you want to do is curl up on the couch, with a blanket and a hot bowl of soup.
Yesterday, was one of those days for me. Things just kept going wrong, one after the next. It was almost like a one of those comedies you watch and keep thinking "Gosh, what next??". Except, it wasn't funny.
My "soup day" actually started the night before, when I had some kind of allergic reaction to a new moisturizer I used on my face. So I ended up teaching a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class in front of 16 people, with an itchy, blotchy face. Luckily that got better after I got home and thoroughly washed my face! The next morning, I taught my Tuesday morning cycling class which, I must say, went well as usual. Mostly because of the awesome people who attend and the amazing energy they bring to the room. Felt pretty good after that one, no complaints there. Then the day pretty much went down hill from there.
For your entertainment, these are some of the things that happened:
- My laptop charger almost caught on fire. I'm lucky I didn't fry it and burned down the coffee shop
- That lead to the usual frustrating / aggravating / time wasting visit to the Apple store
- That lead to a second frustrating / aggravating / time wasting visit to a different Apple store
- Which left me with very little time to change to go teach my second cycling class, at a new gym
- To which I arrived with plenty of time to get familiar with the sound system, microphone, introduce myself, etc... just to realize I had left my laptop at home
- Which meant I had to rush home to get it... Surprisingly making it with 2 minutes to spare, but without a clue of how to even turn on the sound system and consequently looking like a complete airhead in front of 13 people I didn't know
Oh and as a bonus, when I finally got home, I realized that the maintenance guys that were supposed to come into my apartment to check out the clogged drain in my bathroom, "fixed" the wrong sink
If that wasn't a "soup day", i don't know what is.
But, as someone kindly reminded me, if that's the worst that happens, it's not that bad. But hey, it's a good excuse to enjoy a warm cup of hearty soup 🙂Print
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 medium carrots, diced small
- 4 celery stalks
- 8 cups vegetable broth or water with vegetable bouillon
- 2 cup split peas, rinsed
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
Split Pea Soup on the Stove
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add onions, carrots and celery and sauté over medium heat for about 8 minutes, until the onions are translucent
- Add the vegetable broth (start with 7 cups), split peas, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, cumin, pepper and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 90 minutes, until the split peas are tender (check the soup after 45 minutes and if it's too thick, add another cup of broth). Remove the bay leaves before serving
Split Pea Soup on the Instant Pot
- Set the instant pot on sauté mode. Pour the olive oil and wait until it's done reheating
- Add the onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for 7 minutes, stirring often
- Add 7 cups of broth or water, split peas, salt, and the rest of the spices and herbs
- Close the cover of the Instant Pot and pressure cook on high for 30 minutes. Let the steam release on its own before carefully opening the lid and enjoying the soup.
- If the soup is too thick you can add the remaining cup of broth
- The soup will thicken after storing in the fridge. Add a little water or broth when reheating.
- Making Ahead: keep the soup in the fridge for up to 5 days
- Freezing instructions: the soup can be frozen in a tightly sealed container or souper cups ( for individual servings) for up to 3 months.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Category: Soup
- Method: stove top / Instant Pot
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 195
- Sugar: 6.8
- Sodium: 667
- Fat: 3.5
- Saturated Fat: .5
- Unsaturated Fat: 3
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 32.4
- Fiber: 11.8
- Protein: 10.1
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: kosher, gluten-free, Instant pot, pressure cooker, meatless,