Where do I begin when describing soup’s absolute position of importance (at least in my life)? Soup can be eaten as an appetizer or snack, but I prefer it as meal – hot, steaming, and full of delicious flavors. Serve with fabulous bread and butter and close to nothing surpasses the divine simplicity of enjoying a bowl of soup.
This split pea soup starts with the help of a salty, smokey ham bone and is assisted by homemade vegetable broth. If you have neither, I would recommend subbing low sodium broth and browning pancetta in the pan before cooking the onions. Once the pancetta is browned, remove it but leave the drippings to help flavor the soup.
Besides being delicious, this soup is dedicated to the “Soup Group” for their always entertaining emails about soup. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one idolizing soup.
Perfect Chilly Weather Split Pea Soup
1 large onion, roughly diced
2 to 3 large carrots, pealed and diced
3 to 4 stalks of celery, washed and diced
1 and 1/2 cups green split peas
Salt and Pepper
5 cups of homemade vegetable broth
1) This could hardly be easier. Saute all the veggies with olive oil, a small pinch of salt, and a generous pinch (or three) of pepper in a large stock pot or dutch oven.
2) Add the split peas and toast lightly, about 1 minute. Then add the broth and stir together ingredients.
3) Add the ham bone. Cover and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, until the split peas have plumped up and are soft. Carefully remove the ham bone. Using an immersion (stick) blender, blend the soup to desired consistency. I prefer mine heartier, however if you’d like to puree the soup…so be it! Serve in bowls with a dollop of sour cream (or Greek yogurt). If you would like to serve with crisped pancetta or ham on top, this would add a nice crunch
Toasted Cheesy Bread
Loaf of your favorite crunchy bread. I prefer whole wheat
Shredded Irish Cheddar. I used Kerrygold reduced fat Irish Cheddar.
Set oven to broil. On a foil lined baking sheet, places slices of bread and top with shredded cheese. Place baking sheet under the broiler until bread is toasted and cheesy is bubbly and melting. Service with the split pea soup above.