Split Pea Soup

Now that the weather is really starting to turn colder it's time to warm things up with lovely thick soups.  The thicker the better for me.  Mum always made soups thick and I'm now doing the same.

Split Pea Soup is just so easy, tastes great, warms you up and is even better the next day.  Served with thick, buttery bread is the best way to have it I think.

I like to add frozen peas to my recipe as it gives it a brighter green colour.

Love those big chunks of meat.

Everyone has their little take on making this soup and here is mine.

500g dried split peas
2 litres cold water
800g ham bone - doesn't have to be exact
2 onions, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 celery sticks, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 potato, diced
2 cups frozen peas

Thoroughly rinse the peas under cold running water.  In a large stock pot, cover peas with the cold water and soak overnight.

Once peas have soaked add ham bone, onion, salt and pepper.  Cover, bring to the boil and then simmer for 1½ hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the celery, carrots and potato to the pot and cook slowly, uncovered for 30 minutes.  After about 20 minutes remove the ham bone while continuing to simmer the soup.  Remove the meat from the bone, chop and set aside.

Add the frozen peas to the pot, return to the boil and simmer for another 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and puree with a stick mixer.

Now return the chopped meat chunks to the pot and simmer until ready to serve.

Soup really does warm you up on a cold day.

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