Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Split Pea Soup for Dad


This soup is a case of "don't judge a book by it's cover".  Unfortunately, I'm a cover-judger. I just can't get past the color and texture.  Which is why the recipe is labeled "for dad".  My children's dad loves it and asks for it every now and then, which must mean he really loves it because he rarely makes any menu requests.


Here's the recipe which I printed out quite some time ago, so I have no idea where I stole it from.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 carrots, diced
1-2 stalks of celery, diced
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 lb ham steak, diced
8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 lb bag dried split peas, rinsed
1 bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat olive oil in a dutch oven pot over med heat.  Cook the onion until slightly tender.  Add garlic and ham, cook for 60 seconds.  Add the stock, split peas, and bay leaf to pot and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook over med low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, covered.  Add the carrots, celery, and potatoes, then cook for an additional 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Remove bay leaf.  If you want it to be a bit thicker, mix with an immersion blender for a few seconds.

22 comments:

Melissa Mashburn said...

mmmmmm That looks yummy. I am going to have to try it.

The Blonde Duck said...

I like the Mexican chicken better. :)

Acting Balanced Mom said...

I was thinking about split pea soup earlier this week - will have to try your recipe!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I can't say that I've ever had it. Split pea...is that a split english pea?

I like all the other ingredients in the soup though.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love soups whatever the weather is..


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Kim said...

I love split pea soup. I think it has a wonderful flavor and is really filling. Looks like a great version!

Julie M. said...

I have a problem with the color too. My husband enjoys it though so maybe I will try it out for him! I found you through SITS; you have a great blog!

teresa said...

oh that looks wonderful!

theUngourmet said...

I love split pea soup but it doesn't love me! Sometimes I break down and make it anyway, just because it's so yummy. :)

Debbie said...

I love pea soup. Didn't care for it much years ago but really like it now. Yours looks very, very good!

noble pig said...

I love pea soup!

Leslie said...

mmmm.I love Split pea soup! That is sweet you make it for your Dad

dining room table said...

The soup looks lovely! I bet your dad will like this one.

Kerstin said...

It's not the prettiest, but I also love split pea soup - it's so comforting and yet still pretty healthy!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I have ALWAYS loved this soup, so it's gorgeous to me!! :)

Krista said...

I love split pea soup, but I'm the only one in this house that will touch it. Split pea was one of the first recipes that I posted when I started my blog. Yours looks really good and pretty easy. I'll have to try this version and then freeze it into individual servings just for moi.

Hope you have a good weekend!

À LA GRAHAM said...

I LOVE the color of Split pea soup...in fact I am wearing a skirt the exact color right now! And I love your recipe...can't wait to try it!

Ann said...

Looks delicious.. Love the soup color too.

Kathleen said...

This sounds really delicious!

June said...

I love pea soup, though there's no way I could get the big guy to eat the green version, I did fool him and make the yellow one which he loved. Go figure. Love your blog and can't wait to do more exploring.

Chris said...

I love good split pea soup but I've only ever tried to make it twice and both times I wasn't happy with it.

Katy ~ said...

Such a delicious, old fashioned, favorite soup. I can't recount the number of times we had pea soup growing up. Good to see this.