Yellow Split Pea Soup with Salt Pork

Total Time:
2 hr
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried yellow split peas
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 small onions, finley chopped
  • 1 pound salt pork in a piece
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  • Wash the yellow split peas carefully. Cover them with chicken broth, add the chopped onions, salt pork, bay leaf and herbs and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 1 to1 1/4 hours or until the peas are tender but have not fallen apart.

  • Remove salt pork from the soup; discard the bay leaf and season soup to taste with salt and pepper. Cut the salt pork into 1/4 inch slices. Place a few slices of pork in individual serving bowls, ladle soup over the pork and serve with good rye bread.

  • VARIATIONS Add a chopped carrot and stalk of celery to the mixture; after you remove the salt pork, puree the soup and thin with more stock if too thick.

  • Or simmer soup without salt pork; saute kielbasa until crisp, slice thinly and serve in soup.


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