Yellow Split Pea Soup

piątek, 7 lutego 2014

Yellow Split Pea Soup

Time: 3 hrs 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb yellow split peas (picked over)
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 quart cold water
  • 1 large smoked ham bone (make certain that the bone has meat on it)
  • 5 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 medium leek, chopped and rinsed (use only white and pale green parts only)
  • 3 -4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • salt and black pepper
  • whipping cream (optional)

Directions

  • 1 Rinse the peas under cold water very well. Pick out any discoloured peas and discard.
  • 2 Fill a large pot with water and chicken broth.
  • 3 Add in the ham bone or salt pork and half of the onions; bring to a boil (skim off any froth or scume that gathers on top) simmer partially covered until the peas are tender but not falling apart (about 1 - 1-1/2 hours).
  • 4 Cook the leeks and the remaining onions in butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until softened (about 10 minutes).
  • 5 Add to the soup with the chives, salt and pepper; continue to simmer (partially covered) until the peas are falling apart and the soup is thickened (about 1 - 1-1/2 hours).
  • 6 Remove the ham bone, then shred any meat on the bone and return the meat to the pot.
  • 7 Ladle hot soup into bowls and drizzle a small amount of whipping cream on top of the soup if desired.

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