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, onion, carrots, and celery. Saute for about five minutes, and then add garlic, onion powder, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir for about one minute.
Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add yellow potatoes, split peas, and bay leaves and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook until split peas are soft, approximately 50-60 minutes.
Test for seasonings, and add more if needed. Serve with a swirl of half and half, if desired.