Split Pea and Basil Soup:
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
8 oz dried split peas, soaked overnight
1 tsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp or cube vegetable stock concentrate
1 large potato, diced
4 quarts water or vegetable stock
3 Tbsp basil leaves salt and pepper to taste cream (optional garnish) basil leaf (optional garnish)
1) Heat oil in large pot, saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add drained split peas, tomato paste, stock concentrate, potato and water or stock.
2) Bring to the boil, add basil leaves and seasonings, cover and simmer for 40 minutes until peas soften.
3) Allow to cool slightly, then puree soup in a blender. Return to pot to reheat for serving. Garnish wiuth a swirl of cream and a basil leaf.
Split Pea and Basil Soup