Split Pea Soup

@Raelove (14029)
Saco, Maine
January 30, 2016 5:35am CST
I was just chatting with a friend on Facebook about her plan to make split pea soup today. That got me thinking about how I haven't made it in awhile. There is a canned variety here in Maine that is actually pretty close to the real thing--Habitant. My father swore by it years ago, and we always had a can or two on hand for his lunches. I usually use a ham bone to make pea soup with, but I doubt I'll be cooking a ham anytime soon, so I may look into a smoked ham hock. It gives just as much flavor to the soup, but not as much meat. It's not the meat I care about anyway, but that thick creamy soup that really fills you up on a cold dreary day. I see making a pot of pea soup in my immediate future. (Public Domain Image)
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@owlwings (37713)
• Cambridge, England
30 Jan 16
I use a half and half mixture of red lentils and split yellow peas. The red lentils cook down to a pulp very quickly and add thickness, while the yellow peas (or chana dhal, which looks very similar but has a very slightly different flavour) give texture because they don't quite lose their shape. For flavour, of course, the basic one has to be onion - and quite a lot, cooked down until it is clear and beginning to colour, at least. I use about one onion per 100g of dry lentils/peas and maybe two cloves of garlic as well. In addition, I sometimes use bacon pieces but very often I will make it entirely vegetarian and use a tempering of cumin, mustard seed, coriander seed and a red chilli cooked in a little oil until browned. This tempering is added to the dhal or soup just before serving and should give it a smoky flavour.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
I make my soup the old-fashioned Maine/Canadian way: peas, onions, ham bone or hock, water, salt and pepper. That's it. I cook the soup till the peas dissolve and thicken the liquid. If use a ham bone, I cut what meat off it there is once I take it out. If I use a hock, I just take it out and discard it, as there is usually not much, if any, meat left on it. I have added a bay leaf to the soup, but that's about it.
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@JudyEv (90257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jan 16
@Raelove I normally make my soup this way too. I like the bits of meat that come off the bone and stay in the soup.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
@JudyEv Yes, so do I. It's amazing how much flavor you can get out of onions, peas and a ham bone.
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@Morleyhunt (15030)
• Canada
30 Jan 16
I make pea soup in the crockpot. It is foolproof and tastes wonderful. Even better than the Habitant.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
Yes. The Habitant is good in a pinch or when you don't want to make a big pot of it. But homemade pea soup can't be beat.
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• United States
30 Jan 16
@morelyhunt I make my soup in the crockpot too. So easy
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@JudyEv (90257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jan 16
We often have pea soup through the winter. It is certainly filling and warming.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
Yes, it is.
• United States
30 Jan 16
You could try a little bacon. It would add flavor without as much trouble.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
31 Jan 16
A ham hock isn't any trouble really. You just put it in at the beginning and then take it out and discard it. Bacon would be a bit more work if I cut it up first. And yes, a ham bone has to be trimmed of its meat once you remove it. And it doesn't give as much flavor as a hock does or as bacon might.
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• United States
31 Jan 16
@Raelove So you keep ham hocks in the freezer or fridge?
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
31 Jan 16
@ElizabethWallace When I buy them, yes. They come in packages of 2 or 3, and I only use 1 to make soup or beans. They keep a long time in the freezer. I don't use them often enough to just keep them in the fridge, so the freezer it is.
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@celticeagle (111767)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Jan 16
I want to try lentil soup in the slow cooker with a ham hock. I think it would be good.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
I'm not crazy about lentils. But tastes change, so I may try them again someday.
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@celticeagle (111767)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Jan 16
@Raelove ...I'm not either but my daughter likes them. I like pinto and kidney beans myself.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
@celticeagle I love beans of all types, too.
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@fishtiger58 (28478)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Jan 16
I make pea soup about once a month, during the winter months. If I don't have ham I put in smoked sausage, hubby likes that. Not as good as a ham bone but sill delicious.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
I may try some thick-sliced bacon someday, too, for when I don't have a ham bone.
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@fishtiger58 (28478)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Jan 16
@Raelove Oh bacon would be good, never thought of that.
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• United States
30 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 I made pea soup once with cut up hot dogs which flavored it nicely since I didn't have a ham bone
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@sharon6345 (98814)
• United States
31 Jan 16
I have that here in the can. I think they just used too much pepper.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
31 Jan 16
I use the canned soup once in a while. I haven't made it myself in a long time. But that way, you can control what goes into it.
@sharon6345 (98814)
• United States
31 Jan 16
@Raelove There is a packet here with the beans and seasoning and boy that soup is lovely.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
31 Jan 16
@sharon6345 I've seen those packets of beans and seasonings in the stores, but I've never tried them. Maybe it's time I do, huh?
@just4him (82123)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Jan 16
That was my mother's favorite soup. It seemed we always had ham bones in the fridge for different soups dad made. He made them not mom.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
1 Feb 16
My father did a lot of cooking, too, once he was disabled and stayed home. My mother was always the soup person, though.
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@just4him (82123)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 Feb 16
@Raelove Mom cooked everything but the soup.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
1 Feb 16
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@kevin1877uk (35480)
30 Jan 16
I've never made it, but I do love split pea soup, mmm yum yum.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
Very easy to make, Kevin. The way I do it is to just put everything into the pot at once: chopped onions, peas, the ham bone or ham hock, and just enough water to cover. I bring this to a boil, reduce the heat, cover it, and let it simmer until the peas are soft and the soup is thicker. I season it then, and then let it simmer a little more. That's all there is to it. And the nice part about split peas is that you don't have to soak them before you use them.
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@kevin1877uk (35480)
30 Jan 16
@Raelove Mmm I'll be over for some, yum.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1 Feb 16
Yumm I havent had pea soup in a while but I love it and it has alot of protein too
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
1 Feb 16
Yes it does. It's actually a very healthy soup.
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@Rondout50 (218)
• Kingston, New York
1 Feb 16
I love split pea soup, When I buy bacon I cut off the big fatty pieces and put that n the freezer, I ust it up in my beans if there is not smething else around.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
1 Feb 16
I've made beans with bacon, and they were good.
@paigea (19896)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
That is a good idea to use a ham hock. We do cook a ham now and then and then cut it up to freeze.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
1 Feb 16
I live alone, so cooking a big ham for the bone wouldn't be economical for me. But ham hocks work well.
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@marlina (57188)
• Canada
31 Jan 16
We have that pea soup from Habitant too here in Canada.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
1 Feb 16
It's been around a long time, and is actually very good for a canned product.
@Platespinner (16816)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
31 Jan 16
I haven't made pea soup in a while....hmmm. Now I'm hungry .
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
31 Jan 16
I haven't either. I made myself hungry when I wrote this!
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• United States
30 Jan 16
I'll be making pea soup soon as I have a ham bone in my freezer. I love to make it in my crockpot ..it's easy to simmer it and not have to worry about it all day while it's cooking. I love pea soup!!
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
So do I. Haven't had it in awhile. It's time.
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@Juliaacv (19538)
• Canada
30 Jan 16
That is one soup that neither my husband nor I like so I don't have to worry about making any. Today and tomorrow will be awfully mild, so I'm taking a break from making soup this weekend.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
My daughter liked it, but my son never did.
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@JolietJake (36492)
30 Jan 16
Not a fan of peas, in fact I made a store-bought pasta salad last night and picked the peas out as I was fixing it. If someone set a bowl of split pea soup in front of me, it would turn into a bowl of spilt pea soup.
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@Raelove (14029)
• Saco, Maine
30 Jan 16
We all have our tastes and preferences. I love peas in all their forms, fresh or dried.
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@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
30 Jan 16
I do not have much liking for pea soup. However, I like a nice corn soup. Tonight I make duck wing and corn soup. It is really nice. I have not finished the duck wings, and I think I will just heat it up and add more corn.