I made this for a vegetarian potluck. It was easy to make! The contrast between the soft butternut squash and the slightly chewy yellow split peas was delightful. I made a few changes: less salt, more turmeric, no sugar, olive oil instead of butter, added a chopped tomato to the squash, added a chopped poblano chile to the serranos, fennel seeds instead of star anise, and dried basil and ground ginger instead of fresh. My friends were impressed with all of the great flavors!
Split Pea-Squash Stew with Basil and Serrano
veghead Posted: 12/01/09
mariemarie123 Posted: 12/01/10
I hate to get expectations up but this is in my top 5 favorite dishes of all time. It is hearty and warm but not unhealthy, its exotic but not overwhelming, spicy and sweet and absolutely perfect. Mine never comes out as pretty as the photo, but it tastes amazing. I've even halved the butter and the serrano and still come out with an excellent, lighter dish. My favorite.