Split pea soup is easy to make, and sure to please your family. You can make a big pot of soup for several meals at once, and freeze the leftovers. There are many variations on this basic recipe, and you can substitute the vegetables for those you have on hand, or add different seasonings according to your tastes.
Ingredients and supplies:
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped carrot
- 1 garlic glove, chopped.
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 or more pounds of ham bone
- 1 cup dry split peas
- Dash of pepper
- 2 cups water
- Large pot with cover
Prepare the ingredients. Chop the celery, onions, and carrots. Rinse the split peas. You can also soak them to help cook them faster, but this is not necessary.
Combine the ingredients. In a large pot, combine the chicken broth, garlic, split peas, ham bone, bay leaf, water, and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for an hour. If you don't have a ham bone, visit your local meat counter, or simply leave it out. If you're using a bone from smoked ham, adjust for the additional salt content by replacing some of the chicken broth with water. Stir occasionally. Then remove the ham bone and bay leaf from the soup mixture.
Prepare the ham. Once the ham bone has cooled enough for you to handle it, cut the meat off the bone and chop it coarsely. Then discard the bone.
Add more ingredients to the soup. Add the ham, carrot, celery, and onion to the soup. Return the soup to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Puree the soup. If you want a finer texture, puree the soup in your blender. You can add the ham back into the mixture either before or after you puree the soup, depending on whether you want pieces of ham or just the flavor of ham.
Serve. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then serve warm, with crackers or bread on the side. Add a little parsley or a few croutons for garnish, if you like.
Surprisingly, many kids love split pea soup, despite its green appearance. It's very easy to make, and is a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. Split peas are an excellent source of protein, folate, and fiber. This recipe serves four, but you can double the recipe to feed a crowd. You can also change the amounts of the ingredients to suit your tastes, or add new ones like marjoram, or even eggplant or squash.