Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Split Pea and Green Pea Soup with Fresh Dill

I have been feasting since Thanksgiving. I am feeling stuffed! I need to put away the sweet treats and large meals for awhile. This split pea soup provided me with a healthy and hearty soup to enjoy on a cold day without leaving me with a feeling of over indulgence.
This soup also gets a double hit of color and flavor from both the split peas and frozen peas. The bay leaf isn't discarded in this recipe; it gets pureed along with the soup.



Split Pea and Green Pea Soup with Fresh Dill
Serves 4-6


Ingredients:
Ham bone (leftover from Thanksgiving)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
1-2 carrots chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup dried green split peas, rinsed
5-6 cups vegetable broth, divided
1 cup frozen petite green peas, thawed
5 tablespoons chopped dill, divided

Directions:
Heat oil in a heavy large pan over medium-high heat. Add leek, carrots and bay leaf. Saute until the leek wilts, about 3-4 minutes. Add split peas and stir to coat. Add the ham bone (optional) Add the 5 cups vegetable broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until split peas are just tender, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from heat.
Transfer 1 cup soup solids, bay leaf and remaining broth to blender. Add petite peas and 4 tablespoons dill. Puree until smooth. Return puree to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with remaining dill.

Enjoy!



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39 comments:

Meals by Misty said...

Healthy food! Hip Hip Hooray! I was online researching some ideas for low calorie/low fat foods and this one sounds so tasty. I've never had split pea soup but I am going to give it a try...minus the ham bone. How are your nerves after all this Urban Meyer hokey pokey back and forth "stuff" going on?? (don't worry, I will spare you the 94840934802834243984 Bama jokes I could insert here) :)

Joanne said...

I am right there with you chica! I needed a serious detox after all the christmas food. I love all of the green in this. Sounds delicious.

Kim said...

It looks absolutely delicious and I love the bowl you served it in! I never knew you could blend up a bay leaf and eat it, pretty cool!!

Chef E said...

Oh Velva, I also made this soup, but I slipped lentils, carrots, pearl onions in it. Hubby does not like pureed soups, so mine was chunky and too ugly for a blog post, lol!

Yours looks divine, and your right eating soup is the best medicine after eating too much, or eating too little from the stupid flu like I had...

Just call us the southern green team...

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Looks lovely....and reminds me of the equally green Dutch Ertwensoep! Perfect for this season, which makes me want to curl up on the sofa, soup in mug, mug in hand....drinking and watching TV. How blessed we are.Lots of love XXX

Claudia said...

Oh how I long for that soup now. As colds and sore throats sweep this family - we all crave soup. On my "to do list." So satisying.

Lea Ann said...

This is beautiful. I agree with you, I'm in a sort of a detox this week, fruit smoothies for lunch, lots of greens and lean meats for dinner. I've even frozen my hambone. I will be saving this recipe for later and that unthawed bone. I love that dish by the way.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I am in soup mode right now, too. They can be healthy and low in fat. Much easier to monitor the serving sizes, too. This one looks good.

Jhonny walker said...

Hey Velva..I am a recent convert to Dill..and this is yet another amazing dish to try out. By the look of it...it seems fantastic.

A Year on the Grill said...

It sounds delicious, but i am so very impressed with your magazine quality presentation photo

buffalodick said...

Tried to get the ham bone at my sister's house- she was on to me!

Chris said...

I love split pea soup when other people make it but Alexis and I didn't like it the two or three times we made it. I never get the consistency or flavor right.

Annalisa said...

I love soups, especially for dinner..you know there's a saying which says (sorry for the game of words!): "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper"..and I try to follow this pattern, in my opinion it makes a lot of sense..and your split pea soup just looks wonderful for dinner!I enjoy cooking different types of soups as well.
Annalisa

sangeeta said...

lovely soup , i am sure it is yummy with dill..a traditional peas soup from the north of India you can find on my blog too..

Rambling Tart said...

Oh yum! This is one of my favorite soups and I never thought of adding fresh dill. PERFECTION! :-)

Catherine said...

Ooh Yummy! Hope you have a very Happy & Blessed New Year!

Sophie said...

What a comforting & ooh so greeny lovely festive soup, Velva!!

Excellent!!

Katy ~ said...

Absolutely looking for something NOT sweet and calorie laden. I haven't had pea soup in AGES and this has a lot of appeal. Love the bright green color; I'm thinking the addition of leeks is excellent!

Donna-FFW said...

I use my leftover ham bone for the very same thing, love the dill addition!

Erica said...

This is one of my favorite soups!!!!Yours sounds delicious!Happy new year.

Teresa Bjork said...

Love this recipe! I just bought a bone-in ham the other day just so I could make split pea soup. I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks!

Mimi said...

Mr. Mimi has been begging for split pea soup with our Christmas ham bone. This looks like just the ticket.
Velva, have a Happy New Year.
Mimi

Sarah said...

I am so glad we are all getting back to healthier food, I have had enough of sweets and treats for awhile. (and so has my waist)
The soup you made looks delcious and perfect for the leftover ham in the fridge!

theycallmejane said...

Soup is my comfort food! And I'm about to hit the post holiday blues so this recipe will hit the spot!

Jane said...

I've really been craving soup lately and I love split pea. Yours looks just perfect. I shall simply have to try it! Wonderful blog you have, by the way!

:) Jane

sherri said...

Yum! Perfect to serve right now.

My Little Space said...

Can imagine the heavy pea flavour in that soup! yumm... Btw, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & your love ones! Hope you've a blessful & prosperous new year Cheers.
Best wishes, Kristy

Bridgett said...

This would be so comforting on this very rainy and day. Wishing you a very Happy New Year to you and your family.

Kate said...

This looks like a wonderful soup and it would warm me up, too!

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I enjoyed touring yours!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh I know what you mean, I really need to eat some of this and stop with the hearty meals....though I just love the look of your chicken stew with biscuits!

Thanks for your gorgeous comment and Happy New Year!
xxx

waytenmom said...

This looks delicious!! I never figured out the deal with bay leaves -- we have always fished them out and threw them away after cooking, thinking they were poisonous (?) but my brother in law always ate them, and they didn't seem to do him any harm.

Grace said...

what a brilliantly-flavored and vibrantly-colored soup! i don't understand why people cringe when split pea soup is mentioned--it's usually a delicious creation, and yours would be outstanding!
happy new year, velva!

Olga said...

LOVE how your soup is not pureed and you can still see chunks of vegetables inside. That's how my mom makes hers.

My favorite way to eat split pea soup is with home-made croutons.

Happy new year.

Jen said...

love pea soup! Happy New Year!

Anncoo said...

Happy New year and wishing you & your family all the best for the coming year.

Jen_from_NJ said...

Your soup looks so tasty. I love that it is made with leeks and fresh dill!

Fresh Local and Best said...

I've been wanting to make split pea soup. This looks like a great recipe!

NOELLE said...

Delicious soup! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

Marguerite said...

I just happen to have a ham bone in the freezer! Looks fabulous and I can't wait to try it. Love the dill, too!

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