Thursday, November 3, 2011

split pea soup

split pea soup
i have been m.i.a
sorry about that - october has been a blur
i usually don't get too personal on this october i lost my grandfather- this was my very first loss
he was the greatest - we were fortunate to grow up with him living right downstairs from us for the first
8 years of my life

my dad tells me my grandpa would make pea soup with leftover ham bones - he liked to cook
our tradition when i was little was spaghetti dinners - he would let me stir the big pot of sauce and would always make sure to leave the onions out specially for me - my grandpa was good at that, always making me feel special

so this pea soup recipe was made in his honor- he lived a wonderful life, and fought a good fight

...and i must say, i make this pea soup often and this time around the flavors were amazing!

split pea soup

pea soup is probably one of the easiest and cost friendly soups one could make
a few simple ingredients and you have yourself a warm and hardy meal

split pea soup
you can use green or yellow split peas
carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic & green peppers are cubed and diced
not your traditional recipe - but i am not really a traditional girl

a few swirls of sherry is added to the pan, along with a healthy dose of kosher salt

fresh or dried dill adds another layer of flavor

....then comes the secret that pulls together all the ingredients - I swear to you this makes the soup
"THE soup"

drum roll please....

white pepper!

have i ever told you how much i adore white pepper - it is amazing

split pea soup

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after you have all your ingredients co mingling in the pot cover with about 8 cups of water
bring to a boil
then turn down to a low and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until the peas have broken down
basically your just leave it be - you will want to stir once in a while to make sure nobody is getting stuck to the bottom of the pan
while the soup is doing its thing you should totally work on your bread making skills - this soup is totally homemade bread worthy!
split pea soup

split pea soup - vegan
makes 6 large servings

you will need:
  • 1lb split peas - green or yellow
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large or 2 medium green peppers, diced (large dice)

  • 3 medium/large potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled & sliced
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill or 1 teaspoon fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 8 cups water
  • olive oil
  • in a medium stock pot/ soup pan over medium heat add a few turns of olive oil to pan
  • add onion & green pepper - cooking until onion is translucent (turn heat down if onion begins to brown)
  • add carrots & potatoes - cook for approximately 1 minute stirring to avoid sticking
  • add sherry & cook until reduced by half
  • add garlic, dill, salt & white pepper - stir
  • in goes the split peas and water
  • cover pot leaving a small opening for steam to escape
  • bring to a boil over medium/high heat
  • once to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until peas have completely broken down
this soup freezes well and is even better the next day - best enjoy with crusty bread and a sprinkling of chopped fresh dill.

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  1. Love ya Heath...Granpa would be proud of your split pea soup making skills <3

  2. Nice tribute to Granpa.. I am sure he was watching you and very proud..
    Love you

  3. White pepper! My granddaughter was learning how to make Hot & Sour Soup from her Chinese Grandpa. He insisted we use only white pepper because it is "more in the nose." Crossing cultural boundaries!

  4. Looks great, and a wonderful tribute to your grandfather.

  5. This sounds delish, I love white pepper too, it's the only way to go with mashed potatoes!I'm definitely going to try this, in honour of your Granpa, mine is 92 and still cooking. He gave me his pickled onions recipe, (closely guarded family secret recipe) and let me post it on my blog. I must get him to give me more of his recipes!

  6. @ Food blog and the dog- OMG White Pepper in Mashed is absolutely the best, the flavor is amazing!! You should definitely get those recipes from your Granpa - I love old family recipes, I have a recipe book from my Great Great Grandmother

    @ Lauren - thank you for being such a faithful follower!

    @ Mom & Sa - love you both, I defintely know Granpa was right along side me stirring the pot <3

  7. JanAnd - I would love to see the recipe for the Hot & Sour Soup if you'd care to share!...unless it is a secret family recipe :-)

  8. Thank you so much for posting a split pea soup recipe w/o ham! I've been looking for one all week. :)

  9. Kristy - I'm glad you found us, enjoy the soup & thanks for visiting!

  10. I tried it with red cabbage....its the prettiest purple soup :-)

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  15. I was always afraid to try split pea soup because of the green color. I think I may have been more eager to try it if it carried the same natural beauty like orange foods do. Despite the color, your pictures make the soup look quite appetizing! Thanks for sharing.

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