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    Split Pea Soup a La Julia Child

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    5 hrs 40 mins

    40 mins

    5 hrs

    TCookie's Note:

    This is the only split pea soup I've ever made more than once. The basic recipe comes from Julia's "The Way to Cook", and has a very clean, fresh flavor. It requires some work, but I like that I can freeze the ham stock and then make the soup at a later date without the murky taste of a lot of one pot pea soups.

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    The Ham Stock

    The Soup

    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 2/3 cup diced celery
    • 2/3 cup diced onion
    • 1/2 cup diced carrot
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • 2 quarts ham stock, heated
    • 1 1/2 cups split peas or 1 1/2 cups yellow split peas


    1. 1
      For the stock, put the ham hocks in a kettle with water to cover by 2 inches.
    2. 2
      Make an herb bouquet with washed cheesecloth, using the bay leaves, thyme and cloves or allspice.
    3. 3
      Put this in the pot, along with the carrots, onions and celery.
    4. 4
      Simmer 3 to 4 hours with the kettle cover slightly open.
    5. 5
      Or, simmer in crockpot for 8 hours on low.
    6. 6
      Skim occasionally.
    7. 7
      Strain and degrease.
    8. 8
      Easiest way to degrease is to make ahead and chill, remove fat when cold.
    9. 9
      Freeze if you want.
    10. 10
      To make the soup, set a saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter.
    11. 11
      Saute the vegetables, stirring, for 5 minutes.
    12. 12
      Blend in the flour and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
    13. 13
      Remove from the heat and cool briefly, blend in the hot ham stock and the split peas.
    14. 14
      Bring to a simmer, stirring.
    15. 15
      Cover and cook about 45 minutes until peas are tender.
    16. 16
      Salt and pepper to taste after 1/2 hour of simmering.
    17. 17
      When cooked, mash or puree the soup depending on the consistency you want.
    18. 18
      Garnish with homemade croutons or sauteed ham bits if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 08, 2010


      What a fantastic split pea soup!! Nothing short of perfection, as is to be expected with a Julia Child recipe. Made using green split peas and a ham bone, and served with warm cornbread muffins. Loved the homemade ham stock, which made such a flavorful base for this soup. Perfect blend of seasonings, too. Thank you TCookie! Made for Herb of the Month - Bay Leaves.

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    • on January 10, 2010


      Really yummy. I used a amoked ham shank in my crock pot overnight, cooled then defatted the ham stock.Finished the soup the next day. It was a lovely bright flavored pea soup. I did add the ham from the shank at the end of the cooking. Perfect on a cold snowy Michigan afternoon! Thanks!

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    • on February 14, 2009


      I made this in the crockpot overnight on low using a meaty hambone. I did not chop the vegetables for the BROTH. Followed the directions as written, otherwise. I would, however, add more peas the next time (additional 1/2 cup ?) as I thought it was a little thinner than I like. Very delicious!

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    Nutritional Facts for Split Pea Soup a La Julia Child

    Serving Size: 1 (630 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 265.6
    Calories from Fat 58
    Total Fat 6.5 g
    Saturated Fat 3.7 g
    Cholesterol 15.2 mg
    Sodium 92.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 40.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.3 g
    Sugars 7.4 g
    Protein 13.3 g

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    ham hocks

    ham stock

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