When my husband and I were on our honeymoon in Alaska, one of the places we went was Homer, Alaska. I love Homer! If we could move to Alaska, I think I would want to live there! We spent a night at the Land’s End Resort, which is right on the beach! It was so beautiful, and we had a fire out on the beach. As the tide came in, it put out our fire; it was heavenly! Ahhhh memories!
And we decided that in 50 years, we are going back to that same spot and have another fire on the beach.
We also ate at the Chart Room Restaurant, which is part of the hotel. Ever since then, my husband has gotten on some email distribution list, so he gets updates with things going on Homer. Fine with me! It is fun to hear what they have going on!
Not too long ago, they sent an email saying they were serving Split Pea Soup with Mint. I thought that sounded so good, and I decided to recreate it in our kitchen! A little taste of Alaska!
Split Pea Soup with Mint and Butternut Squash
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1 cup dry green split peas
1 small/medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped in cubes
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
8 cups water or broth
1 tbsp vegetable bouillon (optional)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1 orange, juiced
For quicker cooking of the peas, soak them in water for a few hours.
Drain, and place them in a large stock pan. Add the butternut squash, carrots, water, bouillon, bay leaf and cumin.
Cook on medium heat, covered for about 1 hour, or until the butternut squash is tender, and the peas are cooked. Add in the mint and orange juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Because of the bouillon I used, I didn’t need to add that much seasoning, but adjust to your taste.
Blend the soup, either with an immersion blender, or in batches in a regular blender.
When I gave some to my husband to test, he didn’t know there was mint in it, and told me it tasted slightly of mint! hahah, I told him that was a good thing! It isn’t overpowering, but just a slight taste.
1 cup = 182 calories, .6 grams fat, 37 carbs, 9 grams of protein