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!