Sunday, December 4, 2011

Split Pea, Sweet Potato & Ham Soup | Recipe Box

This is a recipe variation I've been working on for a few days that pays homage to one of my favorite Winter soups. Traditionally, you add carrot to split pea soup, but I decided to substitute another sweet vegetable we had left over from Thanksgiving. I love cooking sweet potatoes in savory dishes and this way was delicious! I opted not to process my soup in the blender after it was cooked to give it more texture.

Serve with sourdough rolls our croutons to give it an extra bite! You can add quick barley to enrich the nutritional value too.

Split Pea, Sweet Potato & Ham Soup

Serves 6 to 8.

INGREDIENTS:

1 16 oz. package dried green split peas
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large onion, diced
2 cups celery, diced
1 sweet potato, diced
1 medium ham steak, diced
2 32 oz. cartons low sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary*
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme*
1/4 teaspoon dried basil*
1/4 teaspoon dried citrus peel*
1 bay leaf

salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1. To soften, soak split peas over night in a bowl with enough water to cover them.

2. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, onions, celery, sweet potato, salt & pepper. Cook until onions & celery are translucent and tender.

3. Add chicken broth, split peas, ham, garlic, bay leaf, & remaining herbs & spices. Simmer over low-medium heat for 30 to 45 minutes or until sweet potato and peas are tender.

4. Remove bay leaf and serve!

* I used Penzeys Mural of Flavor seasoning.

Have a great Sunday,

8 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious. I will keep this one for winter.

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  2. Oh my but your soup sounds delish! I use most of the spices you list in my pea soup version, but will definitely try adding the sweet potatoe and citrus rind! Super idea. Thank you so much for sharing. Now i'm hungry! lol
    /;-)

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  3. I like to add sweet potatoes rather than carrots on occasion, too! I am definitely going to try this. Thanks!

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  4. Well, Yum! That sounds really good. May have to give it a try.

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  5. Thank you for posting this! I just might have to make this next week. It's cold enough and this sounds so good! Just shared it on my facebook.

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  6. So yummy! I LOVE split pea soup and sweet potatoes. Will have to try them together!!!

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  7. That looks and sounds so good especially this time of year!

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  8. Cooking is one of my hobby. You allot amazing recipe of split pea, sweet potato soup. Its very easy to make at home. Thank you about this cool post.

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