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Split Pea Soup: Submitted by: Linda Wassberg | Date Added: 17 Oct 2013
Listed in: Soups, Stews, and Chowders

Linda's soup

1 pound dried split peas
1 ham hock
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 pound Smithfield ham, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
8 cups water
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons fresh thyme

Cooking Instructions

1) Place the peas in a large pot or bowl, cover with water by 2 inches and soak 8 hours or overnight. Drain the peas and set aside.

2) Score the ham hock. Place in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour. Drain and set aside.

3) In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the celery and carrots and cook, stirring, until just soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

4) Add the ham hock and ham and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown. Add the drained peas, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes, and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add 8 cups of water, the bay leaf and thyme, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, about 1 hour. (Add more water as needed, if the soup becomes too thick or dry.)

5) Remove the bay leaf and discard. Adjust the seasoning, to taste

6) I made a few changes - substituted a tablespoon of dried chicken stock for the ham. And used a picante seasoning mix from Planter's in the River Market instead of the red pepper flakes and added a tablespoon of sugar because thought it was a little spicy. I put everything in a crockpot for 4 hours on High and then used an immersion blender to mix it up. I also used olive oil instead of butter. Also, I did not soak the peas overnight - just rinsed and used.

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