Split Pea Soup

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Comfort food in a bowl, homemade soup does wonders for the soul!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

2 1/4
cups dried split peas, (1 pound), sorted and rinsed
8
cups water
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2
medium celery stalks, finely chopped (1 cup)
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
ham bone or 2 pounds shanks
3
medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 Heat peas and water to boiling in 4-quart Dutch oven. Boil uncovered 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour.
  • 2 Stir in onion, celery and pepper. Add ham bone. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 1 hour 30 minutes or until peas are tender.
  • 3 Remove ham bone; remove ham from bone. Trim excess fat from ham; cut ham into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • 4 Stir ham and carrots into soup. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until carrots are tender and soup is desired consistency.

Expert Tips

Preparing split peas for cooking is easy! Just pick over the dried split peas and discard any grit or discolored peas. Place the split peas in a bowl, and cover them with water. After a minute or two, remove any skins or split peas that float to the top. Finally, rinse the split peas in a colander.

Looking for another option for a ham bone? Use 2 pounds smoked pork hocks.

Serve this hearty soup with warm crusty bread and a fresh green salad drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette. Mmm!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
20 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 g
2 %
(Saturated Fat
1 g,
1 %
),
Cholesterol
15 mg
15 %;
Sodium
30 mg
30 %;
Total Carbohydrate
33 g
33 %
(Dietary Fiber
13 g
13 %
),
Protein
17 g
17 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
86%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
12%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 3 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.