Split Pea Soup

I made split pea soup earlier this week or last… something like that. I popped the leftovers in the freezer, and yum – I’ve been eating it all week.

I didn’t have any pork broth (well, okay, I had this ‘instant’ soup base thing that hadn’t been touched by humans in a while. Upon opening it, well, the buggies sure had been touching it!), so I used chicken broth and misc meat bits in my fridge and freezer. Okay, the only meaty bits in my fridge and freezer.

Does anyone have a good rec for hammy flavoring for split pea soup? Knorr smelled really bad… And I know – I should keep some smoked hocks around or something, but I don’t.

Super Split Pea Soup

2-3 Diced onions
4” Lamb kielbasa
3” Chinese bacon
1 Turnip, peeled and diced
Smidge of Butter
1.5 – 2 C Split Peas
1 box chicken stock, equal amount of water
garlic powder (I was out of fresh)

Melt butter in a pot, toss in the onions. Once the onions get translucent, pop in the meat. Cook a few minutes, then toss in the turnips and sprinkle in some garlic powder. Once everything is soft and smells cohesive, turn the stove on high, pour in the chicken stock and water, and bring it down to a simmer once it starts boiling.

Cook it covered for 1-1.5 hours. I pureed the split pea soup with a hand mixer since I like my soup smoove. It cut up the meat into tiny bits, so there’s a little bit of meat in every bite. I really liked that – the powerful lamby flavor really added some dimension once pureed, which almost made up for the lack of hammy goodness.

FWIW, I really like the ham flavoring packet they give you with some split pea packages. Do they sell that stuff on its own?

You couldn’t tell the turnip was in there, not like it’s got much flavor on its own at any rate. I like to think it added a little more healthiness to the soup.

Split Pea Soup

Are you a soup person? Renee at Almost Foodies is. She even had a Soup Swap! That’s how much she loves soup.

I, eh….. not so much. I’ve got my few that I’ll order in a restaurant. MAYBE. They are clam chowder, lobster bisque, French onion, and miso. Actually, I like miso a lot, but mainly because it’s so light, it really tastes like salty tea. And I love sushi, so anything associated with that also rocks.

I’ve got my basic soups, and I don’t really have soup cravings. It’s just liquids. I don’t see the big deal. I’m starting to come round and eat soup more often, but it’s slow goings.
Except when I’m sick – then it’s soup city. It’s all I want to eat, and also gets my appetite up (I know, like that should really be a problem).

My immune system really likes to crap out on me during this time of the year. I got sick around mid December, and was sick until Christmas. Now I’ve been sick again for a week with some kind of throat speckling something-or-other. I’m pretty sure it’s not contagious, but Albany John has been my only immune system testing board, and that boy has the immune system of an ox.

So we were walking around Hannaford (I might be sick, but I’ll have to be strapped to a bed with an IV pushing fluids to keep me from walking around my beloved grocery stores) and he suggested the perfect soup. Split Pea!

He grabbed a bag of split peas. That’s all you need. Ok, and maybe some cursory vegetables too. We are not talking Albany John’s Grandmother’s Grandmother’s secret family recipe or anything here. This is sickie soup. The bag we got already came with the powdered ham flavor packet. I love the powdered ham packet. It means you don’t need to add ham.

Best of all, is that there’s a recipe on the back of the bag. Again, this is easy soup to appease sick people.

The soup is ready in an hour. SIXTY MINUTES TO SOUP!

After that it looks kind of… unappetizing. Imagine if there were ham chunks in there. Ew.

And you know what we did to make it gorgeous?

Put it in the MAGIC BULLET!!!!

My mom gave us the Magic Bullet for Christmas. She has a thing for giving me/us domestic and kitchen appliances. This year I totally scored. I was skeptical, but it freakin rocks. It makes smoothies super smooooth, and purees soup wonderfully. If I didn’t have this, I would have eaten ugly soup. And then I wouldn’t have eaten it, because it looks gross.

It was smooth in about 5 seconds. Srsly. Velvet Split Pea Soup.

I sucked down about ten cups of soup. That bag makes a lot.Also, if you add salt to your soup, it tastes kind of like bacon instead of ham.