2/27/15

Taste of Love: Scrumptious Split Pea With Ham Soup

It's unfortunate that split pea soup gets a bad rep. I love the stuff, think it's one of the best soups around. But due to the under whelming demand for it, Campbell's took it off the market. So, I just decided to make my own. And it was delicious, even if I do say so myself. But mom said so too, so I guess that makes it true.                                 

If you like split pea with ham then here is my fairly easy recipe. I started by letting 2 cups of dried peas soak in water over night. Then I drained them and put them in my big ole soup pot.

Then I added 6 cups of water and 2 cups of broth. I used vegetable broth because it was already open and in my fridge. But you can also use chicken broth if you like. When I started the soup I was in my sweats. It was Saturday and early after all.

After that, came the ham hock. You can't have a pot of pea soup with out a ham hock to give it flavor. 

Now it has to cook over medium heat for around 2 hours and then it will be time to add more stuff. 
Don't think I'm a total slob, I did eventually get dressed in real clothes. And now it's time to add the other goodies to our soup. I coarsely chopped up a whole onion and threw it in the pot, Along with some garlic.

Then I grated two carrots. I don't peel my carrots, I just chop off the ends and wash them. The peel has lots of nutrients. Just  throw them in, it'll be fine and grated up, you'll never notice, I promise.
I also coarsely chopped up two celery stalks and added those to the soup.

After the soup had cooked for another hour or so, I took my handy potato masher and smashed up some of the peas to give it more thickness.

I also added a little corn starch to help the soup thicken. Just sprinkle a tablespoon or two on top and stir it in. Then I added salt, pepper and a little red pepper for added flavor. You can gauge how much to use by your own taste.

The last thing I added, was ham. I cut chopped it up into 1/2 inch square pieces. Then threw it in and let the soup come to a boil.

Then simmer for about an hour or so. Enough to thicken the soup and get the peas and other veggies soft and mussy.

And that's it, told you it was fairly easy. And as I said, it was delicious. You can serve it with crackers, cornbread, pumpernickel or anything else you like.  I've posted the recipe below and I  hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of dried peas [soaked over night in water. Drained and added to large soup pot] 
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups broth [chicken or vegetable]
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 2 stalks of celery coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound of ham cut up into 1 inch squares [or circles or ratangles if you like to play with your food]
  • salt, pepper and red pepper to taste
I started by soaking my peas in water over night. Then I drained them and put them in my big ole soup pot.

Add 6 cups of water and 2 cups of broth.

Add the ham hock, and cook over medium heat for a couple hours.

Then add the onion, carrots and celery

Cook soup for another hour or so, then use a potato masher to smash up some of the peas to give it more thickness. You can also add corn starch if you like.

Add your salt, pepper and a little red pepper for added flavor.

Chop your ham, throw it in and let the soup come to a boil.

Then simmer for about an hour or so to thicken the soup and get the peas and other veggies soft and mushy.

2/5/15

Taste of Love: Hearty and Delicious Potato Soup

Trying to close out Marti's Creative Life so need to migrate some things over to this blog. I'm moving some of my favorite recipes over so if you've already seen these, I apologize.

This is by far the best potato soup I've ever eaten. And I'm not saying that because I make it. I'm saying it because it's just the best recipe I've ever found for potato soup. As you might guess, it's one of the Pioneer Woman's. What can I say, I want to be her when I grow up. Well, on to the recipe, I hope you'll try this soup cause it really is amazing. Full recipe is listed below
First I cut up my bacon 
Then I put it into the soup pot to brown. Let it get good 
and crisp and then remove it from the pot and pour off most of the grease. 
While the bacon was cooking, I chopped up an onion, some carrots and celery. 
Once you remove the bacon and grease, add your veggies to the pot, stir and cook for two minutes. Make sure to scrape all the stuff off the bottom of the pot and mingle it with your veggies.  
 After you let your veggies cook, add your diced potatoes to the pot. Stir and let them cook for five minutes. Then season with salt and pepper. Only season lightly at first. You can add more later if you need too. 
After you season your veggies, add your chicken broth to the pot. Stir and cover, 
then let it come tot a gentle boil. Cook for ten minutes or until potato's are tender.
Whisk together milk and flour. Pour it into the pot. This will help to thicken you soup.
You can do this next step two ways. You can take half of your soup, and put it into a blender or food processor. Or you can use a potato masher like I'm doing and smash up some of the potato's. This gives the soup a thicker texture. My blender broke so this is my method now. 
Once you've mashed up your potato's and the soup is cooked all the way, take a little of the soup and temper the cream before adding it to the pot. Once the cream is tempered, add it to the soup. This will keep the cream from curdling.
Then serve with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon on top. Sorry, 
I didn't take a pic of the soup with the cheese and bacon. My bad. 
Ingredients 

6 slices Thin Bacon, Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
3 whole Carrots, Scrubbed Clean And Diced
3 stalks Celery, Diced
6 whole Small Russet Potatoes, Peeled And Diced
8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Or Vegetable Broth
3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
Black Pepper To Taste
1 cup Grated Cheese Of Your Choice
[you can also add some Cajun spice and parsley if you like. I'm not found of either of these, so I don't add them. But they are in the Pioneer Woman's original recipe]