Raise your hand if you are an absolute NUT over soup. Yeah, me too! I regularly eat soup for breakfast I love it so much. When I make a pot, I have it three times a day the first day and sometimes the second day, too. After that I will freeze what’s left in individual servings to enjoy later.
This is my split pea and lentil soup. Most split pea soup is a little bit thinner than I like. So I put less broth and add lentils to make it more hearty and thick. A friend of mine invited us over for a family dinner and the main dish was a baked ham. When we were cleaning up for the night, she took all the meat off the ham bone and was going to toss the bone. I politely interjected and asked if she minded if I take it home. There was still a TON of meat on the bone and I knew that if I made stock with the bone, the rest of that meat would tenderize and fall off plus flavor the stock.
I used my regular bowl of vegetable trimmings in the bottom of the fridge and the ham bone to make a very rich homemade stock. I drained the stock and let it set overnight in the fridge to skim and defat the pot. I used my hands to go through and pull out all the largest ham chunks that were cooked off the bone. Then I put a half a bag of dried split peas and a half a bag of lentils in the stock. I check for the salt and pepper to make sure it’s seasoned well.
My favorite way to eat split pea soup is to add a teaspoon of sour cream and some fried onion pieces to the bowl. But I am trying to behave and keep it as healthy as I can so I kept my craving in check. The great thing about split pea soup is it’s a wonder food on the glycemic food index.
What is your favorite soup recipe?
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