Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Peas, Please!

I actually made this recipe a few weeks ago but as I am making it again tonight, I thought it was high time I posted the recipe.  Split Pea Soup.  Don't turn up your nose, friends.  It's soooo delicious!  A classic fall comfort food.



* 1/2 small onion, chopped
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 2 slices bacon, chopped
* 1 small ham steak, cubed
* 1 bag dried split peas
* chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
* salt and pepper to taste


* Saute the onions in a little EVOO.  Add the bacon, ham and carrots.

* Add the bag of peas.  Toss so that they are completely coated in the onion ham goodness.

* Add chicken stock (or veggie or water).  I used two boxes of low sodium, low fat chicken stock and then towards the end added some more water too.  It will appear very watery after adding the stock.

* This is after about an hour.  Getting thicker but still very watery.  Don't worry.  This needs at least two hours to simmer.  Taste test to see if it needs any salt (it won't need much if it does because there is a lot of salt in the bacon and ham) and pepper.

* Two hours after starting, this is what you have.  Very thick and creamy.  Without adding a bit of flour or dairy.  The peas break down and melt into this deliciousness.  With the big chunks of yummy ham.  OMG I cannot even tell you how happy this soup makes me.  Crazy simple but soooo tasty. 

Oh do you see that white in the middle of the bowl?  Yeah I thought I would try adding a bit of sour cream.  I ate it but never added it again.  It doesn't add anything to the soup.  It's so creamy and yummy all on its own.  It's also very cheap to make.  A bag of split peas is less than a buck and the rest of the stuff is probably already in your pantry/fridge.  I usually eat it for two days and then freeze the leftovers in single servings to eat later.



love pea soup--so good for you and so delicious! will have to try your recipe---now I'm hungry!

nomo wino daph said...

LOL< I had to laugh cause I really think I twitched my nose just as I read DONT TURN YOUR NOSE UP! teehee

The Comet said...

Yum! This is such a great classic for fall and winter!

xxo H


BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

HECK to the yeah! This is one of my favorite soups and I've yet to attempt to make it myself. Heart you!

REBrown said...

I love split pea soup!
I also tried your recipe for butternut squash and it was delicious...thanks!


Lindy said...

I love split pea soup -- even the stuff out of a can, if you can believe that! Yours looks great!!!

erica said...

Your split pea soup looks so good. I don`t like the one that my grandma makes, but I am definitely going to have to give this one a try!


Peachy Keen said...

I love soups of all kinds and am always on the look out for new recipes. This looks delish!

Susan R said...

KK, this is one of my most favorite soups in all the world. This and Turkey Wild Rice soup. I'm going to try out your recipe. Reminds me of whe I was a kid. My mother used to make this for me.


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