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This is a hearty, fairly low-fat and low-sodium split pea soup recipe, sure to warm you on a cold day. It is among the most potent comfort foods there are, and it has never failed to please my family.
- 2 lbs dried split peas
- 1 lb ham steak, cured and smoked
- 8 ounces mushrooms (white or criminy)
- 8 ounces carrots, sliced
- 1 large strong yellow onion
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 6 whole fresh garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 stalks celery
- Italian herb seasoning
- fresh ground black pepper
- fresh ground sea salt
- 1⁄2 gallon cold fresh water
- Cut the ham steak into small cubes and set aside in a large bowl.
- Chop the onion coarsely, and add to the ham.
- Chop the garlic, add to the ham.
- Chop the carrots and celery, add to the ham.
- slice the mushrooms, add to the ham.
- Heat olive oil in the bottom of a large, 8 quart stock pot. When the oil is hot, add the ham, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and mushrooms. Saute' ingredients until vegetables are partly cooked, stirring frequently. This takes about ten or fifteen minutes.
- Add 1/2 gallon of water (give or take). Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Add parsley, and add your favorite dehydrated italian herb blend to taste. Cover the stock pot and let simmer, slowly, for a minimum of three hours. This allows the vegetable and ham broth to develop, and will be very fragrant. Stir once in a while, not not all that often.
- After about three hours, turn the stove off but leave the stock pot on the burner, for one hour. This further develops the broth.
- Bring broth to boil again, and stir in two pounds (one common, normal sized bag) of dried green split peas. Wait for the soup to come to a rolling boil, then reduce temperature to low. Simmer, stirring once in a while, for an hour or so.
- The soup is cooked when the peas have become soft and have broken down into the liquid. They should retain their sweet-ish character. Add salt and pepper to taste as you serve. I find that the ham and garlic add enough salt for me, but other folks might want a little more.
- I have also prepared this broth a day ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge overnight, which fully develops the stock and blends its flavors. You can cut the stock simmering time if you want, but the longer you take with it, the better the soup tastes.
This is very good. I saute'd the vegetables and then cooked the broth in a crock pot for hours. Added the peas and cooked until they were soft. I did not use parsley because I didn't have any. This didn't need any additional salt.
Im giving this recipe 5 stars because not only was it some of the most delicous split pea soup i've ever tasted, it was also REALLY fun to make. Yes, it does take a while, but thats the fun of home cooking. Your whole house will smell amazing. This the best comfort food I've found. The recipe is really simple despite its lengthy prep time, and its okay for any skill level.