Winter Comfort Foods: Split Pea Soup with Ham Hock

Winter brings a chill and wetness that can only be cured with some TLC and homemade comfort food. When I think of winter foods I think of soup first. Here is a simple recipe for hearty, rich, and savory Split Pea Soup that I love to get cozy with when it’s continually cold and wet outside.

For those like me who never had it growing up, I have to admit that the first time my wife first decided to make the soup a few years ago, it sounded to me like Beef Stroganoff and Liver & Onions other foods that never appealed to me. But I dutifully tried it, and after the first bite ate 2-3 bowls in succession. Trust me, it’s amazing. You won’t regret investing some time and making this soul-nourishing soup.

Split Pea SoupRecipe for Split Pea Soup with Ham Hock

Serves: 4 – 6 people

Prep time: 20 minutes + overnight soaking of peas.

Cooking time: 2-2 ½ hours

Ingredients you’ll need:

2 ¼ cups of dried split peas
2 quarts of cold water
1 ½ pound ham bone
2 onions, thinly sliced
½ tsp of salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 pinch dried marjoram
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped

Instructions:

1. The night before, in a large pot, cover peas with 2 qts water in a large pot and soak overnight. If overnight soaking is not an option just simmer the peas for a couple of minutes and then soak for an hour.
2. Once the peas are soaked, add the ham bone, onion, salt, pepper, and marjoram. Cover, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove the ham bone and cut off the meat on a cutting board. Dice the meat and add it back into the soup.
4. Add celery, carrots, and potatoes. Cook slowly for 30 – 40 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
Serve with baguette or rustic bread. It’s also great with any dark Porter or Winter Warmer ale.

You can view the full recipe at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/split-pea-soup/

Bon appetit!



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