A Recovering Recipe Snob (and humble split pea and ham soup recipe)

My current love affair with America’s Test Kitchen has made me a bit of a recipe snob.  If it hasn’t been tested by professional chefs dozens of times, I’m almost sure it won’t work.  If it doesn’t have at least 8 steps and dirty half a dozen dishes, it must be somehow lacking.  If it’s easy, it’s not worth even the most minimal effort.

Cleaning out the freezer just might teach me a lesson.

I’m working only with the ingredients I have on hand – nothing fancy, nothing grand.  Right now the stove is one pound of split peas, a ham bone left over from Thanksgiving (don’t worry, it was frozen), a sauteed onion, pepper, and water.  I threw in some turkey stock (again, from the freezer) and a bay leaf for good measure.  I set it on medium low and am prepared to all but abandon it until supper time, when I’ll slice a loaf of Italian bread and toss a quick salad together.  No hours chopping, dicing, mincing, blending, kneading, or hovering in the kitchen; a paltry amount of dishes; a few extra minutes for some relaxing time.  Though I do love cooking, it can get tedious at times, and the mountains of dishes are intimidating.  It’s nice to take a break every once in a while, and still have a homemade meal at the same time.

We’ll see if my tune changes after I’ve tasted the soup!

Split Pea and Ham Soup

adapted from allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 1 pound ham bone
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken or turkey stock
  • water
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, saute onions in butter. Add the split peas, ham bone, pepper, bay leaf, and a mixture of stock and water to cover ingredients.
  2. Cover, and cook until there are no peas left, just a green liquid, 2 hours. While it is cooking, check to see if water has evaporated. You may need to add more water as the soup continues to cook.
  3. Once the soup is a green liquid remove from heat, and let stand so it will thicken. Once thickened you may need to heat through to serve.
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One response to “A Recovering Recipe Snob (and humble split pea and ham soup recipe)

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