Split Pea Soup


Split Pea Soup garlic bread

Split Pea Soup

Vegetarian/Vegan/ OR use a Ham bone or ham hock

Serves 6


1 onion chopped

2 carrots chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

2 cups green or yellow split peas

6 cups chicken or turkey stock, vegetable stock, or water

1 tsp dried oregano

2-3 freshly minced garlic, or1 tsp garlic powder

1 Bay leaf

1 ham bone or hock,  a piece of bacon or ham (totally optional) OR 1 smoked chili for vegan and vegetarian soup.

½ cup minced or shredded ham, bacon, or pancetta for topping

1 tbsp ghee or olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste (REMEMBER ham is salty to go easy and taste first before adding too much salt)

* For thicker soup, add 1/2 C more split peas OR 1 cup diced potatoes in last 30 min. of cooking

  • Sweat onion, carrots and celery for 3- 5 minutes until soft.
  • Add seasonings: oregano, bay leaf and salt and pepper
  • Add ham hock or leftover ham bone, bacon or chipotle pepper, stock, and rinsed peas
  • Bring to boil over medium heat, cover and simmer stirring occasionally until peas are very soft approx 1hr
  • Remove bone, Bay Leaf, and IF USING the chipotle pepper
  • Puree soup using a hand immersion blender, in food processor or a blender (if using a blender, be very careful that the lid to blender is secure and doesn’t pop up while blending with hot soup!  OUCH! We cover lid with a dish towel to prevent lid from popping up and possibly burning ourselves)
  • Return pureed soup to pot.
  • Taste soup and adjust flavor if needed with salt and pepper. Thin if too thick with more stock if desired.
  • Add shredded ham into soup, and mix well.
  • Reserve some shredded ham for top of soup when serving.
  • Serve with crusty garlic baguette.  Either Against the Grain or Udi’s French Baguette
Split Pea Soup cooking with left over ham bone Once split peas are soft, blend soup with a hand immersion blender~ makes for easy cleanup! Vegetarian Split Pea soup with a Chipotles pepper for a great smoky flavor! Blend into soup or discard. Chipotles peppers for a smokey flavored vegetarian split pea soup Yellow Split Pea soup with ham hock


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