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Split pea soup – MayoClinic.com

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This weekend I went to festival du voyageur and had a marvelous time, we saw Inward Eye play, it was my first time hearing them live, and was happy to hear a local band rock out so hard.

Due to both my hands being full (Festival’s own beer) I didn’t have a chance to try the split pea soup. So here’s a healthy recipe to try, and feel free to bring me a bowl. When it’s this cold outside it’s hard to beat a nice warm hardy soup.

Ingredients

For the chive cream

  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh chives, plus long cuts for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt

For the soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups dried yellow or green split peas, picked over, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups vegetable stock or broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped lean ham

Directions

  1. To make the chive cream, in a small blender or food processor, combine the chopped chives, yogurt, buttermilk, sugar and salt. Process until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Add the carrot and saute until the carrot is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Stir in the split peas, water, stock, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and simmer until the peas are tender, 60 to 65 minutes.
  3. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth and return to the saucepan over medium heat. Reheat gently.
  4. Ladle into warmed individual bowls. Top each serving with a drizzle or swirl of chive cream and garnish with a sprinkle of chopped ham and a few long cuts of fresh chives. Serve immediately.

Recipe: Split pea soup – MayoClinic.com.