Nothing beats a bowl of split pea soup with ham hock when it’s cold outside. This recipe for Dutch split pea soup has ham, split peas (of course), and bacon. Add some crusty bread, or a sandwich, and you’ve got lunch.
The original recipe came from the NY Times Cookbook, but I’ve changed it a bit. For one thing, it made up to 10 servings (which means one person would be eating soup for a very long time)! This recipe is only for four servings. Just enough to enjoy it without feeling like you are drowning in split pea soup!
That recipe also called for celeraic (which I never have) and salt pork. Salt pork is fine, but I found it worked really well with bacon (preferably Trader Joe’s no nitrate bacon).
It also freezes well, so you can save some soup for later.
Substitutions and Variations for Split Pea Soup Recipe with Ham Hock
- the original recipe called for 1/2 C diced leek (great for flavor, but not something I usually have in the fridge); if you use it, reduce the amount to about 1/4C.
- cut up a frankfurter or a chunk of keilbasa, cook it and add it to the soup
- add a carrot for a bit of sweetness
- top with croutons
- cook some extra bacon, crumble it, and top the soup with it
- add freshly grated parmesan cheese
- add a parmesan or manchego cheese rind to the soup while it’s simmering
T-fal A92279 Specialty Stockpot 8 Quart
This pot is non-stick inside and out (just the thing for split pea soup). That also makes it easy to clean. The glass lid has a vent in it, so it’s less likely to spill all over the place. It is tall though, so if you’re short, this may not be for you.
Stainless steel outside, with an aluminum sandwich for faster, even heating. And it’s a great value too. Great for pasta, chili, and, of course, soup.
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