I am not a fan of peas…at all. But for some strange reason, I LOVE split pea soup.Especially this recipe. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for it. This is my Dad’s recipe. It’s my favorite split pea soup!
It’s not a difficult recipe, but it is somewhat time consuming….2 hours of cook time. It’s so worth it though! It’s also very filling.
One serving is 2 cups and it’s only 2 SmartPoints! Two cups of soup is a hearty portion!
This is also a great recipe you can freeze. My kids don’t like this soup (maybe one day they will) so I always have leftovers. That works for me!
When I make it I usually have it for dinner, then I freeze the rest to have for lunch.
The leftover soup tends to thicken up, so I just add a little water to it and it’s perfect!
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Yield: 7 servings (each serving is 2 cups, 2 Freestyle points per serving)
- 2 lbs. dried split peas
- 6 cups fat-free chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 ribs of celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 medium potatoes, chopped
- 2 cups ham, diced (I used Kroger brand which equaled 4 points)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons horseradish
- salt and pepper, to taste
Add chicken broth, water, dried split peas, ham bone or ham hock and bay leaf to a large pot. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for one hour.
Remove ham bone. At this point, I usually add another cup of water since the peas absorb a lot of the liquid.
Use a hand-held blender to create a smooth texture.
Add the onions, celery, carrots, potatoes and ham. Also add the Worcestershire sauce, parsley, basil, Italian seasoning and horseradish.
Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for one hour or until vegetables are cooked through.