Some days just call for a warm, comforting bowl of soup. I’ll be honest, I cheerfully devour soup in sweltering hot weather just as easily as slurping down a bowl in the middle of winter cozied up beside a roaring fireplace. Split pea soup with ham is one of my all-time favorites.Split pea soup is quick and easy. It’s perfect for the novice cook and anyone hoping to get dinner on the table in a hurry. All you’ve got to do to make this rich, hearty soup is toss a few ingredients into the pot and wait while it simmers away.
Serve this soup with artisan bread and a glass of wine and call it a feast. It’s such an easy and inexpensive meal that’s actually nutritious and delicious too. Photogenic…not so much, but I did manage a few decent pics courtesy of the tips I learned here.This soup so good that you can even make it without the ham and still get a bowlful of bonkers good flavor. I’ve done that a time or two when the supermarket didn’t have ham bones and was amazed by how great the soup tasted even without the smoky ham.
I made this recipe in a pressure cooker. Split pea soup is highly adaptable and turns out just as yummy in a pot on the stove for about one and a half hours or in a slow cooker. You can bet that if my Crockpot hadn’t cracked last month that this would have been a slow cooker recipe, that’s how I roll when it comes to soup.
- 500 g (~1lb.) dried split peas
- 8 c. water
- 1 ham bone with meat
- 3 carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 3 cloves garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- chives for adornment
- Place all ingredients in pressure cooker. Bring to pressure over high heat. When the pot begins to sizzle reduce heat and cook pressurized for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to sit until depressurized.
- Open carefully, stir well and add seasonings to taste. If you'd like a thinner soup, stir in a cup or two of water until it suits you. Serve with minced chives,
What are your favorite soup sidekicks? I love to serve soup with crusty baguettes, garlic cheddar biscuits, or just plain buttered whole grain toast. Yes, we’re bread-a-holics around here.I do love soup with salad too, but if I tried to force my husband to down both soup and salad in one sitting he’d probably hop into the car and head to the nearest restaurant. He’s a Mafalda. Thankfully, I can make big pots of split pea soup without worrying about finishing it all by myself because my toddler loves soup… and pretty much every other food she’s encountered. It’s great!Don’t forget to share your favorite things to serve with soup down in the comments below.
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