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!
Split Pea-Wee Soup (Makes 6-8 Toddler Servings)
- 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)
Preparation1. 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.