Aug 30, 2010

Split Pea and Zucchini Soup, and a Winner

Velvety-smooth and fat free!  Served chilled or piping hot, with crispy tempeh bacon and vegan Texas toast.  20 minutes in the pressure cooker was all it took.

1 C. dried split peas, rinsed
1 large zucchini (2-3 cups, cut into chunks)
1 medium onion (1 cup, cut into chunks)
1/3 C. nutritional yeast
water (enough to cover)
salt & pepper to taste

Put all ingredients except salt into the pressure cooker and cook for 20-30 minutes.  If you don't have a pressure cooker, just cook in a covered pot until split peas are tender.  Let cool for a bit, then taste and add salt as desired.  Then blend with a stick blender or transfer to blender to make smooth.  If it's too thick, add a little water.  This soup will thicken as it cools down.

Tempeh Bacon Marinade:

1 3/4 C. water
1/4 C. soy sauce
3 T. nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 tsp. liquid smoke
3 T. ketchup
2 T. agave nectar
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
pinch of black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper (to taste)

Slice your tempeh into thin strips.  Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl you'll be using for marinating.  Add the tempeh, making sure that they are well submerged.  Place in the refrigerator for about an hour before grilling on a flat pan with a little oil.  Brown on both sides and serve.  The longer you marinate, the more flavor- keep for about a week in the fridge- I like to make a big batch and use as needed throughout the week.

...Still finding ways to use our giant zucchini, but I'm sort of glad the season is winding down!

As for the WINNER of the Whip-Ittm Whipped Cream Dispenser from The Webstaurant Store (drums, please.)...

Congratulations to:  Tiffany of 
Bread Without Butter blog.  
Looking forward to your Thai-Style Lemongrass Foam!
(doesn't that sound good?)

Thank you everyone for participating!  I'll be doing another give-away soon.


  1. Wow, cool! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I'm excited to try out the Whip-It. Kitchen gadgets are so fun! :)

    Mmmmm I love split pea soup, but I've never tried it with zucchini. Sounds like a delicious combo, though, and a more interesting way to use all of that summer squash we can't seem to go through around here.

  2. This looks like a great vegetarian version of split pea soup! Even though I'm not a vegetarian, I adore tempeh bacon just as much as regular bacon!

  3. Congrats to the winner and your soup looks great!

  4. What a simple but satisfying soup- You can never have too many of those. The tempeh really makes it something special!

  5. The soup looks great and simple! The tempeh marinade sounds interesting, too. :)

  6. Great combination, split peas and zucchinis, I never tried tempeh bacon. And this marinade sounds delicious.

  7. That soup looks fantastic! I'd probably go with real bacon, but I'm quite the carnivore. Thanks for a great recipe!

  8. I love the combo! Since it's cool everynight here, I'm so down for this!

  9. Love the colour of this soup and your tempeh bacon is genius! I never really liked bacon, even when I ate meat, but love the sound of the flavours here and tempeh has such a great texture, would be good in all kinds of dishes... super recipe!! Cheers for dropping in over at veggie num num... glad to have found your site!