Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Caraway

3 Dec

You will have to bare with me for these next two weeks as school has officially hit its peak. All I can say is please know that I’m thinking of you all and that I would much rather be cooking. Sadly, cooking doesn’t help my GPA (yet).

Two days ago I had to scrape the ice off my windshield with a spatula. That same morning I also wore Ugg boots in public, which I feel says a great deal about how cold it was outside, no offense to the ‘outside-the-home Ugg lovers’ out there. In my eyes, nothing warms a frigid day quite like a good old bowl of hearty soup. A quick batch of split pea seemed like just the fix.

I should put it out there that split pea soup is kind of a big deal in our family. It is definitely one of those dishes that instantly brings me back in time, back to the days of teenage sisters and my sweet high top Fila’s with purple laces. I am going to go out on a limb and say that split pea soup is probably one of the most satisfying, healthy and affordable meals on the planet, not to mention super quick. Put those things together with a crock pot and you are in serious business. If you don’t have a crock pot, a medium sized pot will do just fine. Note that you can swap ingredients however you please. If you prefer a ham hock, skip the bacon and if you don’t eat meat, leave it out.

Alright, here we go.

Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Caraway

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 slices bacon, cut into medium pieces
  • 1- yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, roughly minced
  • 1-1/2 cups split peas
  • 3-4 carrots, chopped into medium rounds
  • 2-bay leaves
  • 3-tablespoons or more caraway seeds
  • +/- 1 tablespoon red chili flake
  • pinch of paprika
  • generous amount of salt (soup takes A LOT of salt)
  • good pinch black pepper
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 4-cups stock (I use chicken)
  • 4-cups water

Directions:

Crock Pot: In a large pan, cook bacon for 1 minute over medium heat. If you are not using bacon, use olive oil or butter to coat the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook until onions are translucent and bacon is slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the mix to your crock pot. Then, add everything else, modifying as you like. Cook over low heat for a couple of hours, or high heat for about an hour and a half.  The soup should be on the thicker side once it’s finished. Taste and season, adding more spice/salt/acid as needed.

If you are using a soup pot, saute the first 3 ingredients first, then add the rest all at once. Cook covered over medium/low heat for about an hour and a half.

Serve with buttered toast and enjoy!

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