Who isn’t a fan of a great Split Pea Soup? So much yummy flavor – hearty and delicious, this is the perfect soup for a cold fall day! The addition of a yam and brightening it at the end with apple cider vinegar gives this soup an updated twist. I did my best to make this a 30 minute dish, but I ran 10 minutes over, so sorry! It really takes a good 25-30 minutes to cook the split peas. Fresh & fabulous, this homemade soup will be on your table in about 40 minutes. Dinner is served, yum!
Split Pea Soup
Who isn't a fan of a great Split Pea Soup? So much yummy flavor - hearty and delicious, this is the perfect soup for a cold fall day!
- 1 16 oz bag dried split peas
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 2 carrots peeled and diced
- 1 stalk celery diced
- 1 yam peeled and diced
- 1 pound ham diced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 3-4 cups water
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- Start by chopping the vegetables. Chop all vegetables into a small diced (I always try to remember to dice everything so it fits on your soup spoon). Heat a heavy bottom stock pot over medium high heat. When it's hot, add the olive oil and the vegetables, pepper, red pepper flakes & thyme. Saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
- While the vegetables and spices are cooking away, dice the ham, again into a small dice. If you don't have leftover ham, buy a ham steak, they are sold individually at the grocery store and the flavor is so good. Perfect for soups & stews!
- Add the ham to stockpot along with the bay leaf, chicken stock and water. Add the split peas, reserving 1/2 cup. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Reduce to medium and set your timer for 10 minutes. While it is cooking, give it several good vigorous stirs. Simmer uncovered.
- When the timer goes off, add the remaining split peas - this step is optional, but I enjoy soup with texture. Simmer an additional 15-20 minutes and the soup is done! Taste to adjust seasonings - you may need to add some salt, but chances are good the salt from the ham will be enough.
- Got another soup secret for you. When your soup is cooked turn off the heat. Chop a handful of parsley and add it to this soup along with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This addition will brighten the flavors and really enhance the soup!