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Old 10-05-2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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Pea soup

im going to make some pea soup and i would like to know some things.
can i use my frozen chicken stock in lieu of the watter.
should i hit the vegys with some heat and olive oil before i add them to the mix. Thanks

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Old 10-05-2006, 02:48 PM   #2
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Is this split pea soup? I always just use water for mine but no reason not to use stock. I just put everything in together and cook until the peas are soft. Don't forget a ham bone, if you have one.
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Old 10-05-2006, 02:49 PM   #3
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Hi Eagle and welcome.

When I make my pea soup - I'm assuming you mean green split peas here - I use some form of pork as a flavor base, so using the chicken stock would be a waste of chicken stock IMO.

I usually put a couple of pounds of dried split peas in a large stockpot or Dutch oven, add a nice big leftover ham bone, some smoked ham hocks or similar pork or ham goodie. To that I add one large chopped onion, sometimes some minced carrot, but not always, then throw in a couple of bay leaves and cover all with water.

I don't add salt in the beginning because the meats may already have some salt. I wait until I can get an idea of what the soup is going to taste like before I add salt and/or freshly ground black pepper.

I bring the whole lot to a boil and then reduce the heat to ultra low and let it cook until the peas are nice and tender and the soup can be stirred to a consistency of your choice. This is not a 30-minute soup. I cook mine for several hours. The meat will have fallen off the bones by the time the soup is done, so you might wish to chop the larger pieces up a bit to allow the meat to be more evenly distributed in the soup.

If I'm feeling especially decadent, I might add some whole milk just before serving. Pea soup will get much thicker upon standing, so feel free to add additional water or milk. You won't hurt it. Split pea soup in our house is one of our favorite cool weather comfort foods. It makes the house smell divine while it's cooking. Enjoy!
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Old 10-05-2006, 03:20 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Eaglelox
im going to make some pea soup and i would like to know some things.
can i use my frozen chicken stock in lou of the watter.
should i hit the vegys with some heat and olive oil before i add them to the mix. Thanks
Yes to both. When I have the option, I choose stock in lieu of water because it has more flavor. I also saute the veggies a bit with either pancetta or bacon fat.

A good-sized ham bone with scraps of ham attached is a great addition to the soup. After the cooking is done, puree the soup then cut the ham off the bone and add it back to the soup.
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Old 10-05-2006, 03:45 PM   #5
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Old 10-05-2006, 05:27 PM   #6
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I like a few potatoes, onions and carrots in my split pea soup, and lots of pieces of ham or smoked sausage.
I would save the chicken broth if I were you.
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Old 10-05-2006, 05:55 PM   #7
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Am basically with Katie but we rarely have a ham bone, only two of us.

But can always get hocks, so usually use them.

Will make the soup using chicken stock, whether it makes a difference or not have never tried anything else.

But cook everything for a while without the peas.

Take out the hocks and toss in the split peas.

Then take the meat off the hocks and add to the soup towards the end.

And always add a splash of vinegar before serving.
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:22 PM   #8
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Pea soup. Food for the Gods! Comfort food!

We usually make it with split peas. Onions fried in butter, salt , water, a ham bone ( there's a German community close to Caracas which produces some amazing smoked ham ...) and a little parsley at the end.

Over here it's usually served with a little grated white cheese, or Parmesan cheese, on top.
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I often use chicken broth in my pea soup, I think it adds some flavor.
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:59 PM   #10
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I usually make split pea soup a lot like Katie described but I saute the onion first.
Last night I made a small pot of split pea soup with poblano pepper, onion and garlic sauteed in bacon grease. It was either very good or I was very hungry.
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