I love a protein packed meal, and this Split Pea Vegetable Soup is loaded. There are so many healthy benefits in split peas, and they taste great too!
In a large stock pan on medium heat, add olive oil and onion, and stir until the onions are soft. Add garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. stir for about one minute.
Add celery, carrots, potatoes, split peas, chicken broth, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook until all veggies are soft, approximately 50-60 minutes.
Test for seasonings, and add if needed.
Using immersion blender (or regular blender), puree about half of the soup until creamy. Add half and half, and stir until heated through.
Serve with another swirl of half and half, and some freshly ground black pepper.