Green Monster Soup (Split Pea)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Take a boring sounding soup like "split pea" and if your kids are like mine, they will probably determine that they don't like it even before trying it.  Try adding a monster face to the same boring sounding soup with a couple of dollops of plain greek yogurt, sliced olives, chopped ham, and the end of a breadstick and officially dub it "Green Monster Soup"  and you might get them to take a second look.  Not one for such cutesy tricks normally, I was surprised at how it seemed to soften up the pickiest eaters among my kids.  Even my uber picky son declared that "it wasn't bad for a soup," which coming from him is quite the compliment!  I think I'm going to start thinking of clever names for all my food now.

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Recipe Source:  Minnesota Bread
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Posted by Lara. 

The ingredients:
2 Tbs. butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 lbs. smoked pork hocks (or a hambone leftover from a spiral ham)
2 tsp. dried marjoram or thyme
1-1/2 cups dried green split peas
8 cups water
1 cup diced leftover ham (optional)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Garnishments for scary faces:  Sour cream, sliced olives, breadsticks, extra chopped ham, etc


Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.  Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic.  Saute until vegetables begin to soften, about 8 minutes.

Add pork/ham bone and marjoram.  Stir one minute.  Add peas and water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low. 

Partially cover pot; simmer soup until pork and veggies are tender and peas are softening; about one hour.  Remove hocks/ham bone to bowl. 

Puree 5 cups of soup in batches in blender and return to pot.  Cut meat off bones.  Dice meat and return to soup.  Add additional chopped ham, if desired.  Serve hot. 



teresa October 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM  

this looks awesome, what a fun idea!

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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