Since we have been experiencing some bitter cold the last few weeks I decided to make some Split Pea Soup. This meal warms you from the inside out, and is definitely a delicious meal that your family will love during these cold winter months. Let me show you how easy it is to make.
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1 Medium Yellow Onion, minced
2 Stalks of Celery, diced
2 Carrots, peeled and diced
2 Potatoes, peeled and diced
3-4 Slices of Bacon, chopped
1 pound of Ham, diced
1 lb of Dried Split Peas, rinsed, rained and picked through
8 cups of Chicken Stock
4 Sprigs of Thyme
1 tsp of Dried Oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a dutch oven or pot add a drizzle of the oil along with the bacon, cook on medium heat until the bacon renders its fat and crisps up around the edges, remove it with a slotted spoon and keep the drippings in the pot.
Next add the onions, celery and carrots, saute until nice and tender, about 7 minutes. If you have a Ham bone add that and saute as well.
Next add the stock, diced ham, potatoes, thyme, oregano and split peas, and bring to a boil. Then partially cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer for about an hour to an hour and a half or until the soup is lovely and thick and creamy.
Add the bacon back in, taste and adjust for seasoning. Enjoy!
To watch me prepare this recipe step by step simply watch my video below.