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split pea soup

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Mollie Owens
Ashland, OR

This is a dressed up version of my grandmother's soup recipe. I see her face when I smell it cooking.

★★★★★ 1
serves 6 to 8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 2 Hr

Ingredients For split pea soup

  • 1 lb
    split green peas
  • 1
    rib of celery, chopped
  • 1
    leek, chopped
  • 1
    carrot, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1
    ham hock or ham bone
  • 1 lb
    chopped ham
  • 4 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 c
    dry white wine
  • 1 to 5 c
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 dash
    black pepper
  • 1 pinch
    red pepper flakes

How To Make split pea soup

  • 1
    Soak the split peas overnight in a bowl with water to cover
  • 2
    Drain the split peas, set aside
  • 3
    Put olive oil in the bottom of a large, heavy soup pan. (I use my cast iron dutch oven). Heat to medium.
  • 4
    Add chopped leeks, stirring till wilted
  • 5
    Add chopped celery and carrots., stir two to three minutes
  • 6
    Add garlic, salt, pepper, pepper flakes (amount to your taste), and stir. Cook all about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • 7
    Add ham bone, ham, split peas, and the combined liquids. Start with about 8 cups liquid, adding more water if it gets too thick.
  • 8
    Simmer on low heat for about 2 hours, stirring regularly to prevent sticking.
  • 9
    Take out ham bone. If it has ham still clinging to it, pick off meat (discard fat), and add back to the soup.
  • 10
    If you wish, you may blend soup in a blender in smaller batches or use an immersion blender. Or, if you like to identify your vegetables, leave as is.
  • 11
    Serve immediately with hot bread. Yum!