Split Pea Soup
This hearty classic is a great dish for all cooks, whether a beginner or more experienced. Not only is it nourishing and inexpensive, it's simple to make.—John Croce Jr., Yarmouth, Massachusetts
6-8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min. + simmering
- 1 pound dried green split peas
- 2 smoked ham hocks (about 1-1/2 pounds)
- 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 8 to 10 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- In a Dutch oven, combine all of the ingredients; bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat; leaving cover ajar, simmer for 3 hours, stirring
- Discard bay leaf. Remove the ham hocks; when cool enough to handle,
- cut meat into bite-size pieces. Return meat to the soup and heat
- through. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 491 calories, 21 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 669 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 15 g fiber, 38 g protein.