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Split Pea Soup - Suggestions Welcomed!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Well, I tried my hand today at making some home-made split pea soup. It didn't turn out too bad and my DH thought it was good, if a little bland. He thought some cut up ham or bacon bits would have been a nice addition. I might do that for him in the future ~ but I'll probably skip the meat. Any suggestions my spark friends have for giving this a bit more zip would be much appreciated as I would like to make this again. It was easy, filling, low cal and made me feel a bit like Betty Crocker!

Ingredients:
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced into small chunks
20 baby carrots, diced into small chunks
1/2 large onion, diced into small chunks
2 T Butter
8 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cups Green Split Peas (dry)
1 T Rosemary
Salt / Pepper to Taste

Saute veggies in Butter in a medium soup pot over low/medium heat for 5 minutes until softened. Add chicken broth, dry split peas and spices. Sitr and bring to low boil, then cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes. Enjoy!

Makes 5-6 hearty servings
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  • KAYAKKIM
    Split pea is my favorite soup while I am not a big fan of ham this is the way I make it that my entire family loves! I get a ham that is not smoked or sweetened- even though it sounds strange, Cook's ham butts :) see to be the best. This cut has a bone, but it is less fatty and the type of bone is better for soup versus the shank cut. I cook the ham in a dutch oven with a lot of water, sliced onions, carrots, and potatoes. This is dinner the first night. Then I take the ham and all the water and veggies (usually the potatoes are gone)and cook all that with the split peas. The only thing I usually add are a couple of chicken bouillon cubes for a little flavor, but that is it. This is usually a big hit for all the kids from our 2 year old to our 14 year old.

    Enjoy!
    3969 days ago
  • SOMASLIM
    I make this soup all the time and I use Montreal Steak Spice in a lot of my cooking because it has some zip to it. You could also put in a few drops of hot sauce.
    Maybe that is what I will make for dinner tonight. I just bought a NEW slow cooker so I can give it a test run with this meal. The cooker is pretty high tech and does everything except wash the windows. My old one had one temp...super hot!
    3969 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5078271
    Cut out the potatoes and chicken broth; add a couple stalks of celery (diced) and use a ham hock. Also have used Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning a few times in split pea soup---YUM!
    3970 days ago
  • LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD
    This sounds great! Lately I have been spicing soups up with Penzeys Hot and Peppery blend. It's a mix of black and cayenne peppers with no salt added. I love it and it gets the DH to use less salt.
    3970 days ago
  • RKSPICY
    I don't like split pea so have no clue. Although this sounds good. I made Veg Beef today lite on the beef and tons of vegs..will get to enjoy for the next few days.
    3970 days ago
  • FLORIDASUN
    Hi Rhonda...yummy...that soup sounds delish...I'd add a little garlic..because garlic makes everything taste better..to me anyhow. Then I'd add about a 1/2 t of red pepper flakes..just enough to brighten the flavor. And me being all RAW and stuff...I'd put a good sprinkle of nutritional yeast which pumps up the nutrients and adds a slight cheesy flavor. I also like the idea of adding a little sun-dried tomatoes...don't have the slightest idea how it would turn out...but the thought of it seems pretty yummy~ ~ I'd also chop up some sweet red and yellow peppers and throw in there...yep..that should just about do it..Yum 0! emoticon
    3970 days ago
  • LEMGIRL
    Your recipe sounds great!!
    Is that you in the background, been here done that....lol
    I have two favorite Split Pea Soup recipes, will send them to you in a sparks mail.
    3970 days ago
  • CAMROLA
    This sounds delicious actually. I'll have to try it! Maybe a turkey kielbasa or other meat would give it more flavor, if you're not a vegetarian. I also use cayenne or regular pepper generously, as I like some heat and find it ups the flavor.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    3970 days ago
  • BEAMISH7
    Take out about 1/3 to 1/2 of it and run it through your blender or food processor. It makes it much thicker and perfect.
    3970 days ago
  • WOLFSPIRITS
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  • AUNTBEE6
    I always use yellow split peas and add ham pieces. Hubby loves tomatoes in his and of course I make dumplings.
    3970 days ago
  • GGMOM06
    WELL,I LOVE PEA SOUP AND YOU SEEM TO HAVE EVERYTHING(BUT THE HAM OR BACON)BUT I DON'T USE POTATOES. I USUALLY ADD HOT PEPPER OR HOT SAUCE AND LOTS OF PEPPERCORNS. I HAVE GIVEN UP SALT,IN COOKING AND ON THE TABLE. IAM ADDICTED TO IT,TRULY.
    3970 days ago
  • GRATTECIELLA
    It sounds good to me. Ham or bacon would be a good addition and wouldn't necessarily add a lot of calories. My mom adds bacos (soy bacon bits) to hers. I've also added barley to my split pea soup, but that makes it a lot heavier. I might add some celery, and maybe some garlic as well, for flavor. But it sounds delicious! If you have some extra calories left, you could serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches or parmesan bruschetta or something on the side, along with a nice salad. Or what about wine?
    3970 days ago
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