Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Split Pea Soup with Ham

Brrrrr it is sooooo cold here!!

Today is the big parade to welcome the Seattle Seahawks back to town.

There will be close to 1 million (yes I said million) people lining the streets to see our Super Bowl winning team come home.

Uummm helloooo, it is 18 degrees outside folks!! I am a fan, huge fan, but...

I have a strong need to preserve my extremities!!

If that makes me a big baby

So be it!

I will stay home, in my warm house, in all of my Seahawk gear and yell and scream for my team.

My neighbors may call 911 though, I can get loud.

What do I need to help keep me nice and toasty warm?

Well a big bowl of hearty soup of course!!

And believe it or not Kevin isn't complaining.

He loves split pea soup.

My split pea soup to be exact.

And of course it helps that it is green.

Now I need something blue.


Split Pea Soup with Ham 

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 ribs of celery, chopped
2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 pound dried split peas, rinsed and pick clean
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
8 cups chicken stock
1 pound thick cut ham steaks

In a large pot, over medium-high heat the olive oil. Cook the bacon just until the fat renders. Add the onions, parsnips, celery, and garlic. Reduce heat to medium, and cover the pot. Sweat the veggies for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, and thyme. Stir to combine. Add the split peas and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and place the ham steaks in the pot.

Cook for 1 to 1/2 hours, or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally. Add more stock or water if the soup begins to get to thick.

Remove the ham steaks to a cutting board and chop.

Use and immersion blender (or regular blender in batches) to blend the soup until smooth. Top with chopped ham and serve.

Serves 6



  1. That soup sounds sooo good right now, especially with this gross winter weather we are experiencing.

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    1. Thanks so much :) it will keep you warm!