Split Pea and Caramelized Leek Soup

pea soup leeks

I was checking out at the market last week and I always like to strike up a little conversation with the check-out people and baggers. (I’m sure they are just delighted!) I watched the young man struggling to put these two large leeks in a bag and I blurted out one of my favorite lines from the 2009 movie, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs – Revenge of the Leftovers, “Help there’s a leek in the boat!”.  The young bagger stopped and stared at me, then looked down at the leeks with that light dawning look on his face and said, “I finally get that joke, thanks!”.  I guess you had to be there and see the movie….. anyway, it’s all about the veggies!  Pea soup is a hearty dish that is pretty inexpensive to make using dried peas.  Here’s my recipe for a great cold weather soup that you can make in your slow cooker (bonus) and top it all off with sweet caramelized leeks.


You will need:

2 cups of dried split peas rinsed

4 large carrots, peeled and sliced

6 cups of Veggie broth

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon rosemary

Sea salt and ground pepper

2 leeks sliced and washed well. Dirt loves leeks!

1 tablespoon of butter or vegan butter

a drizzle of honey


pea soup carrots

Tip: Heirloom carrots add some color

pea soup leeks wash

Tip: Set sliced leeks in a bowl of water and the dirt will sink to the bottom.

Add peas, broth, carrots, half of the leeks (reserving the other half for topping), spices, salt and pepper.  Set slow cooker to low and 8 hours.  Go to work.  Come home and smell the goodness! Give soup a good stir and add more broth, salt and pepper if necessary.  In a pan, add butter and remaining leeks. Pat the leeks dry.

leeks in pan

Sauté leeks until softened.  Add a drizzle of honey and cook further until a golden color.  Ladle soup into bowls and top with the leeks.

pea soup finish fav

The holidays are creeping up on us, a little assistance with dinner by using the slow cooker can help…… keep the boat afloat! (yep, I said it!)

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