Don’t Judge A Soup By Its Looks

Don't judge this soup by how it looks... taste it!

I have heard people say some nasty things about this soup, yet they had never tasted it.  Do you have to have pretty food before you will taste it?  Are you willing to try something before you pass judgement on it?  This is one of those foods that gets a bad wrap because it is not pretty!

I was talking to my Dad and his wife one day and they told them that someone had brought them some soup.  A type of soup that they really liked.  Then when they went to warm it up and fix it for lunch, it did not look like they expected.  They expected a bowl of soup that looked like the one in the picture above.  They said that what they got was a clear broth with some veggies in it.  A few days later, my co-op order came in and I had gotten some green split peas.  I had really intended to make some bean soup, because I had a ham bone left, but those bright green peas caught my eye.  I decided to make Split Pea Soup.  I used to make this vegetarian style, even though I am not a vegetarian.  I must say that the ham really added to the flavor of the soup.  It is good both ways, so feel free to make it without the ham. 

I want to add one more little tidbit before I get into the recipe.  We ate the soup and loved it.  After we were done eating, I remembered that I had not taken a picture of it.  I decided to wait until the next day when I had left overs for lunch.  However, the next day, I would be going right by my Dad’s house on one of my errands.  I decided to pack up the left overs and deliver them to him.  I stopped and visited a few minutes and gave them the soup and then went on to do my errands.  When I got home, I remembered the picture part.  :)  I called my Dad and asked him to send me a picture of one of their bowls of soup whenever they fixed it.  He did that and even made sure it had some added touches in the picture. 

Split Pea Soup (with ham)

Put the oil in a skillet and turn on the heat.  I throw the onion, garlic and carrots into my Vitamix or you could use a food processor.  Put this mixture into the pan and saute them  until the onion and garlic are tender. 

Get out your crockpot and turn to high.  Add the water, peas, ham and the above mixture.  Add some salt and pepper and stir.  Then add the bay leaf. I do it that way, so it is easy to find and fish out when it is time.  :)  I let mine stay on high for a couple of hours and then I turned it to low and kept it there until supper time.  Before serving, fish out the bay leaf and your ham bone.  I then take about half of the soup and put it into my Vitamix and puree it.  I pour this back into the crockpot.  Cut any ham off the bone and make into bite size pieces and add back into the crockpot.  

Serve hot.  This soup goes well with cornbread. 


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