Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup
Split Pea Soup
Barbara Kiebel

Split Pea Soup

I love split pea soup, and I have for as long as I can remember. I wasn't a super fussy eater as a kid but I think we all remember the things we didn't like, even if over the years our tastes have changed and we're more adventurous as adults. I'm sort of surprised that this soup isn't on that list of "no like" as a kid, but I remember loving both split pea and the even uglier brown lentil soup. Go figure right?

Like the ugly duckling, this soup has its beautiful side, but you have to taste it to make that discovery. Rich with the mirepoix blend of sautéed onion, carrots, and celery, I've always done one thing that I think has this simple mixture stand head and shoulders above the others I've had. It's simple, too… I substitute chicken stock for the water that is most often called for when making a bean soup. Wait… guess there are a few more things I do differently!

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12
Servings
74
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 4-6 carrots, sliced
  • 1 large or 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 Ounces dry split peas
  • 1 ham bone or 16-20 ounces cooked sliced ham
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme
  • Two 32-ounce cartons chicken stock
  • 1/2 Cup half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Put the olive oil and butter in a large pot and warm over medium heat until the butter has melted. Add the carrots, onions, and celery and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

Transfer to a slow cooker and add the peas, ham bone or ham, thyme, and chicken stock. Cook on the lowest setting for 8-10 hours. If using a ham bone, remove the meat and add back to the pot.

Add the half-and-half and season with salt and pepper, to taste. To thicken, blend partially with an immersion blender. Or, remove about 3 cups, blend in a countertop blender, and return the blended soup to the pot. Reheat before serving, if necessary.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
4%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
9g
7%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
16mg
2%
Choline, total
12mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
25µg
6%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
17mg
5%
Phosphorus, P
40mg
6%
Sodium, Na
94mg
6%
Water
28g
1%

Split Pea Soup Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Split Pea Soup Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.