Split Pea Soup

DF, GF

if you’ve seen the movie youth in revolt you’ve seen the split personality in action.  there’s the nice polite young boy and the unyielding, taking what he wants type guy all in one.  kinda reminds me of this soup.  is it a pea or is it a lentil?  how mysterious…

Split Pea Soup
6 slices of thick cut bacon, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 lb split peas
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 pepper

soak the split peas in boiling hot water for ten minutes in a bowl.  in a separate large pot, saute the bacon over medium heat.  once crisp remove from the pot and add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic.  add red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper while letting the veggies soften, 8 minutes.  then add split peas, stock, and water.  turn down the heat to medium low, partially cover the pot and cook for 50-60 minutes or until the split peas are tender.  then using an immersion blender puree the soup in the pot.  once smooth laddle into a bowl and top with crispy bacon.

tips

  • don’t forget to salt and pepper the soup without the proper seasoning any dish will be completely lost.
  • because you’re starting by soaking the split peas in hot water, you are cutting the cooking time in half.
  • this soup needs pork, so if you’re not a bacon fan try pancetta, ham or sausage.
  • immersion blenders are cool little appliances that allow you to puree anything without leaving the pot.  they’re under $100 so get one if you don’t already have one.
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