Soup is magical. Seriously. In our house a big pot of fragrant, steamy soup transforms everyone. It's like wrapping yourself up in your favorite blanket. Warm soup fosters calm and comfort. So as winter winds down, this simple Split Pea Soup is the perfect way to ease into a new season!
This recipe comes from Many Paths, One Journey to Health, a cookbook published by the Holistic Moms Network based upon member-submitted, kid-tested recipes. These are simple, real food recipes for real people!
Split Pea Soup (From our Traditional Diets Section)
2 T. olive oil
3/4 c. finely diced pancetta (about 3 oz.)
1 yellow onion, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
3 small carrots, diced
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. dried split peas (green or yellow)
3 c. chicken or vegetable broth
3 1/2 c. water
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. salt
1 c. cooked diced ham (and ham bone if you have it)
1 T. balsamic vinegar
4 T. sherry
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Heat olive oil and add pancetta, stirring until browned. Add onion, celery, carrots, and bay leaf. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add garlic. Then add split peas, stock, water and ham bone, if available. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add thyme, cooked diced ham, and salt. Cook for another 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf and ham bone. Remove from heat and add vinegar and sherry. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with parsley.
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