Mr.Picky hates soup, and I don’t use the word hate loosely. There are probably five soups I could ever get Mr.Picky to eat and they can’t be made very often. My daughter and son both love split pea soup as does Mr.Picky. Mr.Picky has one requirement with the soups he eats, they have to be thick. Almost so thick the spoon will stand up in it. This is the recipe I use, sometimes changing the seasoning a bit. Feel free the change anything but it is worth a try.
Split Pea Soup:
- 2 1/4 dried split peas
- 2 quarts cold water
- 1 1/2 lb. ham bone
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 pinch of marjoram or sometimes I add thyme or Tarragon
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 1 potato, diced
- 1 bay leaf
In a large stock pot cover peas with water and soak overnight. If you need a faster method simmer 2 minutes and soak one hour.
Once peas are soaked, add ham bone, onion, salt, pepper, bay leaf and marjoram. Cover pot and bring to a boil, simmer for 1 1/2 hour.
Remove bone, and cut off meat. Dice meat and set aside.
Add vegetables, cook slowly uncovered for 30-40 min or until vegetables are tender.
At this point if you like your soup smooth like we do, use your immersion blender to blend until desired smoothness. Then add ham to soup. Or don’t blend your soup and add the ham.
Eat up, and serve with saltine crackers.
* This soup freezes great. I will usually freeze two portions together and pull it out in the morning for a quick lunch on a cold day.