• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup split peas
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley (lentils may be substituted to make gluten free)
  • 1 (400 g) can tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree or 1/2 cup ketchup
  • salt and pepper
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/4 hr
  1. Saute the onion in the oil until fragrant.
  2. Add the celery and carrot. Continue to saute until the whole lot is beginning to soften and smell aromatic.
  3. Tip in the barley(or lentils) and split peas. Add 8 cups of water, reduce heat, and allow to simmer for about 40 minutes or until the legumes and grains are beginning to become tender.
  4. Add the tomatoes and puree. Stir and allow to simmer for another 20-30 minutes to allow flavors to meld. If it looks as if it is drying out, add a cup of water.
  5. Season to taste before serving.