Split Pea Soup Recipe with Spicy Moroccan Drizzle
A delightful light lunch or supper that is low in saturated fat, a good source of fibre and cheap to make.
Cost Per Serving
25p - 49p
Nutrition Per Serving
- Calories237 kcal
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- Place the peas, stock cube, onion and 1 litre of water in a large pan and bring to the boil. Cover and gently simmer for 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the oil with the spices and herbs for the Moroccan drizzle.
- Puree the soup with a hand blender until smooth.
- Serve with a drizzle of the Moroccan oil.
- Try using sweet smoked paprika instead of chilli powder for a less spicy flavour.