Split Pea Soup

Makes about 12 cups.

Points: 2

Split pea soup is always welcome at my house. It's a cinch to make fat‑free, even with all the savory ham flavor. Serve with low‑fat crackers.

 

10

cups water

 

1

smoked ham hock with meat attached

 

1

bay leaf

 

2

carrots, chopped

 

2

stalks celery with leafy tops, chopped

 

1

large onion, chopped

1

large potato, coarsely chopped

8

ounces dry green split peas

˝

cup beer or nonalcoholic beer (optional)

˝

teaspoon dried thyme

 

Ground black pepper

 

1.

In a large no‑stick pot, com­bine the water, ham hock, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over medium‑high heat. Reduce the heat to medium­ low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Uncover and simmer for 30 minutes.

 

2.

Strain into a large bowl. Dis­card the bay leaf. Remove the meat from the bone. Trim off all visible fat and cut the meat into small dice. Set aside about 6 tablespoons of the meat; reserve any remainder for another use. Defat the stock

 

3.

Wash the pot with soapy water and rinse. Add the stock to the pot.

 

4.

Add the carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, split peas, beer (if using), and thyme. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the s;)lit peas are soft.

 

5.

Working in batches, transfer       or food processor. Puree and re­turn to the pot. (The soup can also be pureed in the pot with a hand blender.) Season to taste with the pepper. Serve sprinkled with the reserved ham.

 

 

Lynn’s Fun Food Fact:

The nursery rhyme "Pease‑porridge hot, pease‑porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot, nine days old" was undoubtedly sung about a soup or porridge of split

peas. 1 can guarantee that my appetizing version won't sit in the pot more than one day.  Split peas are green or yellow field peas grown specifically for drying. After drying, they naturally divide down a center seam. They usually don't require soaking before cooking

 

nutrition at a glance per 1 cup

107

Clories

0.9g

Total fat

0.3g

saturated fat

8.4g

Protein

16.7.g

Carbohydrates

2.3g

Dietary Fiber

0.3

Sodium