Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
From Super Food Ideas July 2008. Though I have listed chicken stock as per recipe I used a homemade ham stock. This bought back memories of New Years Eve parties that my parents used to have and there was always pots of mushy peas served. UPDATE- after making this several times now I have found the cooking time will vary between 25 to 45 minutes - I can only put it down to the split peas and that they may vary from packet to packet.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large brown onion (finely chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (crushed or minced)
- 1 1⁄4 cups dried split green peas (dried peas rinsed)
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups water (cold)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 125 g bacon (rashers shortcut rind removed)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika (to serve)
- 4 crusty bread rolls (to serve, I used bacon and cheese)
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium high heat and add onion and garlic and cook stirring for about 3 minutes till onion is soft.
- Add peas and stir to coat.
- Add stock and cold water and bring to the boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer partially covered for 25 to 45 minutes or until peas are tender (see note above).
- Remove from heat and process half the soup in a blender or use a stick blender till smooth or do what I did and put the stick blender straight into the pot and process to your liking.
- Return to pot or if you just used the stick blender, stir in lemon juice and cook for 3 minutes or until heated through.
- While soup was cooking in the first 25 minutes, heat a frying pan over medium high heat and add bacon and cook till crisp or use recipe #208501 .
- Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and drain.
- Crumble into pieces.
- Ladle soup into bowls and top with crumbled bacon and paprika and serve with a roll.
I had to omit the bacon, because of some health issues, but this soup was just fine without it. I used chicken broth and added a bay leaf, some peppercorns and some thyme to the soup as it was cooking as well - I find that those enhance any vegetable soup. The lemon added a lovely bright note, quite nice.
Simple to make, we enjoyed this very much. I did find my peas took more like 45 minutes to cook, but I had allowed for that. A thick delicious soup with lots of flavour, I was generous with the bacon, forgot the paprika, and sliced some spring onions on top as well, we enjoyed the sharp onion with the soup! I made some garlic bread to go with this and we had ourselves a feast! Thanks for a simple and totally delicious supper, Pat!
This pea soup was delicious! I decided to cook it in my crock pot so I didn't have to baby sit it. I baked the bacon in the oven so there wasn't any additional mess. I cooked it for 8 hours on low and then used a blender to puree the soup! Made for Potluck tag.