Hearty Split Pea & Smoky Bacon Soup, for When Something of Substance is Craved

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The older I get, the more my soul craves and searches for those things of a deeper, more substantive nature that fill me to the brim with life.

Those surface spaces and places that satisfied my youthful cravings well enough, those “top layers” of life where emotions and feelings came and went and changed on a whim without much understanding and wisdom to back them up, are not the places where any long-lasting foundation can be forged, nor any life-long dwelling built.

But in my youth, they served me perfectly for where I was.

Those surface layers were all that I could wrap my young mind and understanding around, and all that I had the capacity to ingest and digest, and function out of.

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But these days, I hunger for wisdom, emotion, understanding, and reflections that come out of the greater depths, the inner-most core, of life.

I long to be moved by the deeper currents that move within and without, that carve and shape in a very specific pattern over time, rather than by an external wind that changes direction in every moment, only causing me to flap about.

When we were very young infants, it was only milk that our tiny bodies had the capacity to gain any nourishment from.

But as we grew, we began to crave more nutrients, more textures, more calories, and more complex flavors in order to quench our expanding needs, and to provide for our growing bodies.

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And now, those things that once fulfilled our basic desires no longer have the same pull as they once did before our appetite for things of a more substantive nature began to develop.

And what a beautiful thing that is!

Just as over time the physical body begins to crave and welcome heartier and more substantive meals to enjoy and find nourishing pleasure in, our soul also begins to develop longings for deeper, richer experiences, for wisdom, and for truth.

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We begin to crave connection and relationship with our fellow human beings; we begin to long for understanding of who we are, what we were created to do, and how we, specifically, fit into this grand scheme of life.

If we listen closely to the promptings within, we’ll be guided into knowing when what we’re ingesting is no longer of any value, and is merely “empty calories” that no longer supports growth and change.

And we’ll begin to know this because we will be less fulfilled and satisfied by whatever it is that we’ve been taking in.

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Our physical beings need hearty, healthy, and warming meals to nourish them in order to be the best and most vital that they can be.

Our souls need to be filled with substantive food as well, in order to expand and evolve.

It matters what we take into our ourselves; and it matters from where we take it.

The hearty, substantive meal that I crave these days is one that leaves me feeling fulfilled, in good spirits, glowing, and joyful.

It provides the most interesting textures, flavors, and nutrients that I need, for where I currently am.

And what could be more satisfying than that?

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Karen Yale March 1, 2015, 4:31 pm

    Looks awesome! I love split pea soup but haven’t made it in a long time. Excited to try this recipe.

    • The Cozy Apron March 1, 2015, 5:45 pm

      Hi Karen, thanks so much! I truly do hope you try this, and enjoy it!

  • Love the bacon and croutons! Delish!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche March 2, 2015, 2:53 pm

    This pea & bacon soup definitely puts any I have ever made before to shame – it looks so nourishing, warming and comforting. Ideal for the weather here in Australia.. we had a cyclone a few days ago!

  • Andrea @ Deglazing Delicious March 2, 2015, 4:32 pm

    This looks amazing!
    I was actually going to make a split pea soup this week and now I know where I am getting the recipe!
    Love it.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking March 30, 2015, 1:54 pm

    What a tasty looking bowl of split pea soup!

  • Kathie November 1, 2015, 7:33 am

    Not only does your soup sound wonderful, I enjoyed reading your perspective on physical, emotional and mental nourishment. Very thought provoking!

  • Laurie November 28, 2015, 11:19 am

    I just made this soup to have for lunch during the week. Just had a few tastes along the way, it’s delicious. Glad I found it.

    • The Cozy Apron November 28, 2015, 2:49 pm

      Laurie, I’m glad you found it, too. 😉 Glad you’ve enjoyed the few little bites you’ve tried—hope this gives you all the warming comfort you need during this upcoming week!

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