Vegetarian Split Pea Soup with Apple and Smoked Cheese
This split pea soup is a bit of an experiment. And it’s not actually ready yet. So hopefully we’ll know by the end of the post if it’s a good one or not.
I think that apple and smoked cheese should go really well together. Although past experiments have not worked well, I’m quietly confident about this one.
I wanted to make a really tasty vegetarian soup. I was going to use Puy Lentils because they’re so high in protein. And then I noticed the split peas at the back of the cupboard and thought “oh yellow, yellow apples and cheese…”.
The apples I’m using aren’t yellow though. I really wasn’t sure what would work so I have used one sweet Pink Lady apple and one completely tart cooking apple. I was thinking of making them into a sweet sharp stew that I would top the soup with – and make it sweet with the honey. But then I thought it would be so much easier to chop them in the mixer and add them in. I already know I like this taste. I love sharp sour tastes. It is sharp but it is also sweetish. So I probably won’t be adding any honey. (Although it is in the ingredients photo.)
Is it going to work with smoked cheese? That is the question. And to be honest I think what made me plump for the split peas is that they taste so good with smoky flavours. I really hope it does or this is going to make for a very out-of-place introduction to the recipe.
But if it doesn’t work I’ve a mild and sweet goat’s cheese that I can use instead. I love goat’s cheese. And I find it easier to digest than cow’s. But I’ve tasted the smoked cheddar cheese (made with raw cow’s milk and vegetarian rennet) and it is mm… yummily good!
Is the addition of cheese just about increasing the protein in this?
I like cheese. More and more so the older I get. I really crave it. Maybe I need the calcium. I know people say that adults have issues absorbing calcium from dairy products. I’m not sure I fully believe that. Why am I craving cheese?
OK. Yes. Partly the addition of cheese into this soup featuring legumes, is about increasing the amount of protein. Without the cheese the soup offers about 4g protein per serving. With the cheese it offers about 13g of protein per serving. That’s a pretty impressive increase, don’t you think?
Although I might be using a different cheese…
The thing about Puy Lentils is not only are they chock-full of protein they also cook in 40 minutes. Split peas take at least twice as long. But I think they’re going to taste best with the apple and smoked cheese.
And they do!!! This tastes great! Well, hope you think so too.