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Monday, September 20, 2010

Anti-recipe #10 Split pea soup

Split pea soup is just about the easiest thing to make ever.

Now, I know what you are thinking. Why would I want to make it Sara? It is seriously gross!

Ok, yes, STORE BOUGHT split pea soup is really disgusting. Goopy and clumpy. Nasty. My husband refused to eat it anytime I tried to make it.

Until I discovered (in my favorite cook book ever) how easy it is to make.

And delicious.

SO MUCH BETTER than canned stuff.

So, if you have refused to eat it in the past. Give it another chance.

Here is how.

You can do this in a crockpot or regular pot. I chose crockpot today. It ended up slightly thinner than I like. Probably because the lid was on the whole time and it didn’t simmer down the way I like.

2 cups split peas (1 small size bag)
(Note: make sure to sort through and pick out any tiny rocks they may have missed. It seems tedious and overcautious, something I usually try to avoid doing. But the bag warns you to do this. I actually found a rock today. That would not have been pleasant.)

Add in 6 cups of water and/or broth. I do half and half. (1 frozen yogurt container full of broth, 1 full of water)

Add in some chopped onion, if you like.

And that, my friends, is it.

See? So easy.

Other things you can add: chopped up potatoes or rice (to make it thicker) chopped up carrot. A ham hock or chopped ham (I used to be in the habit of adding a hamhock. Then, one day I came across a gelatinous glob from the hamhock in the soup and it was so disgusting I couldn’t do that anymore. But you can. If you want.)

After an hour (in a pot) or several hours (in a crockpot) add salt and pepper to taste, maybe garnish with some bacon or chopped ham or shredded cheddar cheese.

Serve. With hot bread. And lots of butter. Yum.

No really, it really is really good.


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