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Split Pea-Wee Soup

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Happy New Year! I wanted to start the year with something healthy and heartwarming, perfect for cool weather days.

Last night Kenya ate 4 servings of this recipe for dinner! That's only 2 days after I made it! I gave it to him for lunch and dinner both days (talk about a culinary groundhog day), but he kept slurping it up so I figured "why not"? I usually don't give him a lot of meat or pork, but this soup really calls for it to get the perfect flavor. After the ham hock finished stewing in the soup, I simply removed it, let it cool, pulled off all the fat and cut it into a tiny dice. It was luscious! Don't worry if you want to leave it out. No biggie. It will still taste great.

Split peas are a fantastic source of protein and cook in no time compared to most dried beans. Even better, this recipe very inexpensive. The split peas were less then a dollar, I only used 1/3 of a package of the ham hock so I froze the rest and the other items I already had on hand (and you probably have them in your pantry as well). In 45 minutes I had a creamy pureed soup that everyone in the family could enjoy -- even the tiniest member!

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Split Pea-Wee Soup (Makes 6-8 Toddler Servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 50 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Split Peas, rinsed
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 3/4 Lb Ham hock (optional)

Preparation

1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over low to medium heat. Saute the onions and carrot until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 45 minutes.
4. Remove the ham hock and let cool.
5. Puree the soup with a handheld blender or in a blender until smooth.
6. Cut the meat off the ham hock, discarding the fat. Cut the meat into tiny pieces.
7. Serve the soup with ham mixed in or sprinkled on top.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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11 comments

  • Candi Sapinski

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  • Missbarnhart

    Love this recipe! It's just thick enough for my 13-month-old (who's trying to master using her own spoon) to be able to dip in and get some on her spoon everytime. She searches for the bits of ham, and says, \"Mmmmm!\" every time she finds one!

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  • Malena

    I love your website! I am on it A LOT looking for new meal ideas for my 13 month old.

    I always have frozen organic peas in the freezer.. Do you think I could use them in this? How much would you suggest?

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    • Catherine

      Yes, just defrost and use 1 cup :) if you think you need more, just add more.

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  • Jennifer

    I substitute a smoked turkey leg for the ham hock. It still imparts that wonderful smokey flavor that we think of when we hear split pea soup, but it is much leaner and in fact tastier (at least for us!) Whole Foods does a nice smoked turkey leg (the big ones) but our local grocer has some that work just as well.

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  • Kim

    I have made this twice. My kids and I both love it. I didn't have ham so I used some chicken broth in place of the water.

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  • Mary

    Hello! Do you put the split peas in dry or do you need to soak them overnight?

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  • Amy

    I have made this a few times now, I usually double the recipe (I tried quadrupling it, but that didn't work quite so well, it turned out too oniony) and freeze it in individual serving containers. It's a great vegetarian meal for me, with lots of fibre and veggies, and is easy to eat even if I'm not feeling amazing (a common thing for a university student). PLUS, it's fast and easy! Only takes about 10 minutes to cut the vegetables, and then it's just boil in the pot (I sometimes skip the cooking with oil step) for about an hour, and blend. Love it! Actually, I love most of the recipes on here, lots of great vegetarian options, and I am a big fan of natural and whole-foods cooking too. Definitely marked the part labelled purees, as I am due to have all of my wisdom teeth out once classes finish, and it will be good to cook up some things to have ready for then.

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  • TanyaC

    I didn't like pea soup as a child but I don't want that to mean my little one never gets to try it, So I gave this recipe a go last night, added a teaspoon each of thyme & garlic powder and homemade broth instead of water--and it was great! So after all these years, turns out, I DO like pea soup. This is a healthy, easy & inexpensive meal for everyone in the family to enjoy (even those without teeth)! I do recommend doubling but next time I will probably x4 and throw it in the freezer for an even easier go to meal. Thanks again!

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  • July

    Oh, your recipe is maknig me hungary for a good bowl of black eye peas! One of my sisters can make the best black eye peas out of frozen boxes. Been a long time since we had fresh ones.

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