My mother has made this soup since I was a little girl and I have always LOVED it. I know I was a strange kid. It is still one of my favorites and fortunately my husband likes it too. I think there are two kids of people: those who like split pea soup and those who don't... or they think they don't. If you have never had it or only had it from a can you are missing out. You have got to try this. This is a very basic recipe. Many people add potatoes too, but I usually opt not to. I am not really a potato girl... I know I know and I live in Idaho....
I love the lemon juice it really brightens it up and lighten the flavor. This is a must on a cold day. It is so healthy and just pennies to make.... It would be great in a bread bowl too or top with croutons....mmmm
1 pound split green peas, picked over and rinsed
3 medium smoked ham hocks or ham shanks (what ever look like they have more meat on them)
1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1t dried
2 quarts water
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped medium
2 onions, minced
2 ribs celery, chopped medium
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1. Bring peas, ham hocks, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and water to a simmer for an hour in a large dutch oven or heavy pot. Cook for one hour.
2. Stir in carrots, onions and celery. Continue to simmer until peas have soften and are broken down. 25-35 minutes.
3. Remove hocks. When they are cool enough to handle remove any fat skin and bones and separate meat I shred mine and add to soup. (if your hocks or shanks do not have much meat on them add deli ham. You can buy it sliced 1/2 inch thick about 6 ounces then chop up into small chunks.
OR you can put all ingredients at the same time into the crock pot and leave it for 4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on low!! How simple is that!
Note: if you read the label on split peas it always reads sort and wash peas. I would rinse mine, but never would I sort them.. what did they want me to sort. It seemed pointless and and extra step I didn't want to take the time. While I was researching my recipe before I made this soup, I was reading in my America's Test Kitchen Cookbook that often there are small rocks or pebbles in the peas.... yikes....so I sorted, who wants to bite into a pebble?... not me... I have expensive teeth. So guess what I found.... TWO ROCKS!! well pebbles. They were easily recognizable as a rock while sorting through.... Moral of the story if it says sort they is a reason you should sort. Hopefully you will not find anything, but on times you do you will be glad you sorted.
I got this recipe from America's Test Kitchen Cookbook. It happens to be exactly my moms recipe as well that she has been cooking for 30 years. But a side note I LOVE this cookbook, it has so many helpful hints and tells you why you should do something what the technique is behind it. You learn so much while reading it. I often find myself curled up on the couch reading this book. They also have gadget reviews and recommendations. I think this is a must have cookbook. I think you all should have one too!!! One lucky reader will receive one courtesy of me. I am new to this food blog and I have received so much love and support and I would like to thank you all!!
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