Split Pea Soup…you either love it or you hate. I’m in the “love category”. It’s one of my favorites. When we were doing that elimination diet, and we were off things like dairy and gluten; split pea soup was a great option for avoiding things like dairy and gluten. It was the first time I had made it from scratch, and I’m so glad I did. We all loved it! You just can’t beat a homemade soup. I’ve made it a few times since. It might sound funny, but I love the look of the dried split peas in my pantry too…cute little peas.
Have you ever tried popcorn with soup, rather than the usual saltine crackers? I love how the popcorn almost disolves into the soup. You’ll have to try it next time you have soup for dinner.
Here’s the soup recipe:
- 1 pound dried split peas
- 1 ham hock (look for it in the frozen meat section of your grocery store)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup onion, finely diced
- ½ cup celery, finely diced
- ½ cup carrots, finely diced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic ( I like to buy the mini jar of minced garlic for convenience)
- 1 pound ham, cubed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 8 cups water
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- Place the dried peas in a large pot or glass bowl, cover with water by 2 inches and soak overnight. Drain the peas and set aside.
- Place the ham hock in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour. Drain and set aside.
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery and carrots; and cook stirring often just until they are soft, about 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the ham hock and ham back into the pot. Continue to cook and stir. Now add the drained peas, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add 8 cups of water and dried thyme. Cook stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, about 1 hour. (Add more water as needed, if the soup becomes too thick or dry.) Adjust the seasoning, to taste, before serving.
*Recipe Adapted from Emeril Lagasse with Food Network
You’ll have to try making Split Pea soup from scratch at home. The best part is that you can make a big batch and freeze some for later. This recipe feeds a crowd.
What’s your favorite soup to make at home?