Author Jean Morrison
Pancetta and Split Pea Soup
At the moment I've got a "thing" about putting more fibre into our diets. This soup has both soluble and insoluble fibre in it. The soluble fibre is made up from the split peas and the lentils. Soluble fibre can be absorbed by the body and is said to reduce cholesterol so it is very important for us to eat masses of soluble fibre. The carrots and onion are insoluble fibre. Their job is to help other food pass through the body and ward off constipation. Eating foods that are full of fibre makes your tummy feel fuller for longer so they are good foods for those people wanting to lose weight
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Quantity: Serves 6
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1/2 cup lentils
1/2 cup green split peas
100 gm Pancetta, diced small
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, roughly chopped
Pinch brown sugar
1 and 1/2 litres of boiling water
3 teaspoons vegetable stock powder
Rinse the lentils and split peas well and drain.
In a large dry saucepan fry up the Pancetta It will produce plenty of fat itself so don't add any. Remove the Pancetta from the pan and set aside.
Put onion, carrots and brown sugar in the pan and cook gently till the onions are starting to turn a golden colour.
Tip in the water and the stock powder and cook very slowly for two hours stirring occasionally. After two hours test to see if the split peas have lost their hardness. If not, allow a little longer to cook.
Blend the soup until smooth and return the Pancetta to the pan. Stir well, season with pepper and serve.
Depending on how hot your stove is and on how long the soup has been cooking you may find you need to add more water to thin the soup.
Lentils are one of our oldest foods. They originated in Asia and North Africa and are still grown there as well as in France and Italy. They are rich in B Vitamins which boost our immune systems. Lentils can help boost energy, they are rich in fibre and are full of anti-carcinogenic phyto chemicals. Their colours range from yellow to red-orange to green, brown or even black. Canada is the largest export producer of lentils in the world.
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