Thursday, October 21, 2010

Split Pea Soup

2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup dry split peas, rinsed and drained
1 to 1 1/2 lbs meaty smoked pork hocks or one 1 to 1 1/2 pound meaty ham bone
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chopped carrot (1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped celery (1 stalk)
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)

Stovetop Version
In a large saucepan combine broth, split peas, pork hocks or ham bone, marjoram, bay leaf, 2 cups water, and dash of pepper.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Remove meat.  When cool enough to handle, cut meat off bones; coarsely chop meat.  Discard bones.  Return meat to saucepan.  Stir in carrot, celery, and onion.  Return to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes more or till vegetables are tender.  Discard bay leaf.  Makes about 5 1/2 cups (4 main dish servings).

Crockpot Version
In a 3 1/2 to 4 quart crock pot combine split peas, pork hocks, marjoram, bay leaf, carrot, celery, onion, and dash of pepper.  Pour chicken broth and 2 cups water over all.  Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5-6 hours.  Discard bay leaf.  Remove meat; coarsely chop.  Return meat to crock pot.  Cover and cook on high-heat setting 5 to 10 more minutes or till heated through.

I used my food chopper to chop the carrot, celery, and onion.  Very handy tool to have in the kitchen.

I love this cookbook.  It was given to me for Christmas when I was a teenager.  It's my go to recipe book for most "general" dishes. 
I didn't really like Split Pea Soup til I was older.  Now I love it, and Jim does too!  I love to make it for him but don't do it often enough.


Jessica said...

Yum! Your breadsticks or rolls look yummy too!

Jessie said...

I've never had split pea soup, does your girls like it too? I might have to try it :)

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