Friday, December 1, 2006

Split Pea Soup

Someone asked for my recipe for split pea soup, so here it is, right out of my old standby, Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

                                SPLIT PEA SOUP

2 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups dry split peans, rinsed and drained
1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth (I make my own, when I boil chicken)
one 1- to 1 1/2 pound meaty ham bone or pork hock
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
dash black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion

1.  in a large saucepan combine water, split peas, broth, ham bone, marjoram, pepper and bay leaf.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2.  Remove ham bone.  When cool enough to handle, cut meat off bone; coarsely chop meat.  Discard bones.

3.  Return meat to saucepan.  Stir in carrot, celery, and onion.  Return to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes more, or until vegetables are tender.  Discard bay leaf.

Crock pot directions:  In 3 1/2 or 4 quart crockpot, combine split peas, pork bone, marjoram, pepper, bay leaf, carrot, celery and onion.  Pour water and broth over all.  Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours.  Discard bay leaf.  Remove ham bone; coarsely chop meat, stir meat into soup.

Serves 4

Nutrition facts:  303 calories, 3 g total fat (1 gram sat fat), 13 mga chol., 605 mg sodium, 47 grams carbo., 19 g fiber, 24 g protein.  79% vit A, 6% vit C, 5% calcium, 18% iron

exchanges:  3 starch, 2 very lean meat


lmitc89854 said...

Sounds good for today although I was thinking about making your turkey frame soup.  I cooked the bones a few days ago.

marainey1 said...

When you mentioned the Pea Soup before I thought it sounded really good, now I'm really going to have to get a Ham Hock and make some...When you don't have a ham bone, Ham Hocks work just the same !  'On Ya' - ma