How To Make Split Pea Soup in 90 Seconds

by Pamela

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What comes to mind when I say “classic soup recipe?” Do you think of tomato soup beef barley soup, chicken noodle or something creamy like cream of mushroom? Around here, it’s split pea soup. Yes, that world famous movie prop that Linda Blair spewed so eloquently in The Exorcist is one of mine (so ours) favorite cold weather must eats. It’s got that stick to your ribs thing going on from all the fiber in the peas, a little sweetness from carrots and onions and don’t forget that smoky rich goodness from a big ‘ol pork hock. But wait…

Oh the horrors…using a hunk of fatty pork in a recipe so soon after the first of the year? Are you mad woman? Well, as a matter of fact, I am. Yes, I realize everyone is on some kind of diet/detox/cleanse/self-flagellation crusade for the first 10 days of the new year. So how about this. I make my split pea soup recipe with a giant smoked turkey leg instead of the pork hock.

While this may sound like a travesty of the most egregious kind, hear me out. Several years ago I had decided to make a giant steaming pot of split pea soup and had all the ingredients except for the pork. I went to something like 5 different stores and couldn’t find one anywhere. But at the last place I went, I found smoked turkey legs. Since I was hell bent on making the soup, and wasn’t driving another inch further in LA traffic, I tossed it in my cart and didn’t look back.

Since that day, my go to meat/flavoring for split pea soup is a smoked turkey leg. Plus, after the holidays stores have a bunch of them (really cheap) from all the leftover turkeys they had lying around. It really works great because it’s got all that rich smoky flavor pea soup needs, plus there’s usually a lot more meat on that leg than a hock. Oh, I do toss in a hock from time to time, but only if I find one that actually has some meat on it (which is becoming less and less common).

If you aren’t already convinced that making homemade soup is ridiculously easy and tastes so much better than that canned or boxed stuff I thought I would give you a little encouragement. This video will show you how to make split pea soup in 90 seconds. No, the soup isn’t ready in 90 seconds, but that’s all the time it takes for you to learn how to make this delicious and easy recipe.

Why not make up a big pot of this easy split pea soup recipe and have yourself a healthy and delicious lunch for work next week?

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CJ at Food Stories January 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

Great rendition on a classic :-)

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