split pea soup

January 21, 2013 § 6 Comments

splitpeasoup

this is definitely one of my favorites, a delicious hot cup of split pea soup. perfect for light lunches, filling for hearty dinners. tuck into a bowl of my split pea soup!

ingredients: {8 servings}
• 1 pound split peas
• 4 carrots chopped
• 1 sweet onion chopped
• 3 garlic cloves minced
• 2 russet potatoes chopped
• 1 quart chicken stock
• 1 quart water {use to thin out consistency}
• 2 bay leaves
• kosher salt to taste
• cracked black pepper to taste
• extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 small smoked ham shank
• 1/4 cup white wine

to do:
in a stock pot sauté onions, garlic, carrots and potatoes in olive oil. add the white wine to deglaze the bottom of the pot. add the bay leaves and salt and pepper to taste as you go. add 1/2 of the split peas into the pot, along with the ham shank. submerge all of the ingredients in the quart of chicken stock. bring to a boil and simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

add the other 1/2 of the split peas along with up to another quart of liquid {either more stock or water} and simmer on low for another 40 minutes up to several hours. remember to remove the bay leaves after the cooking process. at any time now, remove the shank from the pot, chop ham into small chunks and place back into the pot. discard any bones and gristle. serve with french bread or saltines. enjoy!

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