This Split Pea soup is not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious. Split peas are a great source of plant-based protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. Additionally, the vegetables used in the soup provide additional vitamins and nutrients, making it a healthy meal option.
- Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- 2 cups of dried green split peas
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
- 4 cups of water
- 1 pound of ham hocks or 4 slices of bacon
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons of dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse the split peas and pick out any debris or stones. Place them in a large pot with the chopped onion, carrots, celery, chicken or vegetable broth, and water.
Add the ham hocks or bacon to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let the soup simmer for about 1 hour or until the peas are tender.
Remove the ham hocks or bacon from the pot and discard any bones, skin, or fat. Chop the meat into small pieces and return them to the pot.
Add the bay leaves, dried thyme, salt, and pepper to the soup and stir to combine.
Simmer the soup for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened to your desired consistency.
Remove the bay leaves and serve the soup hot, garnished with fresh parsley or croutons if desired.
This Split Pea Soup recipe is a great source of plant-based protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. Each serving (1 cup) contains approximately:
- Calories: 295
- Protein: 19g
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 39g
- Fiber: 16g
- Sodium: 926mg
Split Pea Soup is a hearty and satisfying dish that is perfect for any chilly day. This recipe combines the comforting flavors of split peas, vegetables, and ham hocks or bacon to create a delicious and nutritious soup that is sure to become a family favorite.