Friday, November 11, 2011


We have lots of snow and it was five below zero a couple nights ago. That can only mean one thing; it is hot soup season!! I love having a pot of soup on the stove (or in the slow cooker) all weekend.  This is a great classic recipe for split pea soup; it is  quick, easy, packed with flavor and one of our favorite soups.
¾ pound smoked ham, cubed
1 cup onion chopped (I like Vidalia or sweet onions)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1 pound dried split peas (rinsed)
2 quarts chicken stock
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons salt (see important note below)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup cream (or half and half)

In a large stock pot, saute onion, celery and carrots together in a tablespoon of vegetable (or canola) oil for a few minutes (they don't have to be cooked all the way through).

Add the split peas, chicken stock, potatoes, ham, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer slowly (covered) for about an hour or until the peas are very soft (stir occasionally).

Now you have to process the soup in a food processor or blender (stick blenders don't work very well for this), so work in small batches, processing the soup until very smooth and thick.

Return the soup to the stock pot and add the cream (or half and half). Stir well and reheat , but don't boil.  When you serve it, top it with some crisp fried bacon (optional). I like to decorate each bowl with a rolled up slice of bacon (looks like a "bacon rose" lol).
NOTE: Don't automatically add the 2 teaspoons of salt before you consider the following.  If you are using home made chicken stock that has not been salted, go ahead and use the 2 teaspoons of salt.

If you are using a soup base, like McCormicks soup base (a fantastic product), well it has salt in it (but not as much salt as bullion).

If you use this, I would use only ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt.  If you are using regular bullion, leave the salt out all together and taste the soup just before serving to check for salt content.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love pea soup and what could be better than a bacon rose:@)

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Wow, I heard that you were supposed to be getting a gigantic storm! It does sound like the perfect time for soup although I can almost always make an excuse for soup! This looks delicious and perfect for a snuggled up day in the house!

Debbie said...

Sounds like a perfect soup for cold weather and you have some really cold weather there!!!

Heather Schmitt-González said...

Mmmm, I love this soup- and that bacon rose is awesome (I'm SO doing that next time). I could use a warm bowl of this right now!

Nancy said...

Darn, I wish I would have checked in earlier so I would have had time to make this for supper!

I appreciate that you use a cubed ham instead of a ham hock. (That is not something I'm likely to have around.)

Thanks, Coleen!

teresa said...

oh my mouth instantly started watering! this is one of those wonderful classics!

Mary said...

I love your pea soup and your presentation is really stellar. My family will enjoy this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Teresa said...

YUM! I love when it starts getting cooler---soup is my favorite meal!!!! Thanks for sharing Coleen, this looks delish!