Split Pea Soup
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 45mins
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 leek, white part only,washed and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ham hocks (preferably smoked)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 pinch dried chili flakes (optional)
- 1 1⁄2 cups split peas
- 10 cups chicken stock
- 1⁄4 cup fresh coriander, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
- coarse salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- additional stock or water, if needed to thin the soup
- Heat the butter in a Dutch oven or large soup pot on medium heat.
- Add the onion, carrot, celery, leek, and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add the ham hock, bay leaves, thyme, chile flakes and split peas and cook 2 minutes longer.
- Increase heat to high.
- Add the stock and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Simmer soup, partially covered, for 2 hours or until split peas are soft, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the ham hock and take meat off bone and reserve.
- Discard the bay leaves and thyme stalks.
- With a hand held blender smooth purée some of the soup.
- If the soup is too thick add some more water or stock to loosen.
- Return meat to the pot, bring back to a boil and add the chopped coriander& parsley.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve hot.
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This is hands down the very best split pea soup recipe I have ever eaten. I also used a spiral cut ham bone (plus, left over ham). Left out the chili flakes, coriander and flat leaf parsley. I put all of the ingredient in a crock pot about 1:00 p.m. and it was perfectly done at 5:30 p.m. It was nice and thick. My husband and a friend of ours truly loved this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing.
We thought this soup was absolutely delicious.I used a bone from a honey baked spiral ham, added one cubed potato and left out the leeks(forgot to buy them) and I simmered it for 3 hrs. It wasn't as thick as I would have liked, but it sure wasn't lacking in flavor. Thanks for a great recipe CountryLady
Lovely soup; the fresh herbs added a nice touch. This is more of a 'restaurant-style' pea soup than I am accustomed to; i.e. it was fairly thin and would be a good first course rather than a meal in itself. I used dried thyme rather than fresh and also threw in a little savory. I did use a piece of smoked ham with the bone rather than a ham hock.
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