I hate working out for too many reasons to list here, but lately, I've been hating it because it leaves me little time to cook. Instead, I get home late, and am too sweaty and tired to pour myself a glass of wine, much less prepare a fancy meal. Oh, I have been missing those fancy meals.
This soup, not fancy. It is good, and comforting. It requires little of your attention, and tastes better the next day, so make a big batch. The ham is obviously optional, if meat is not your thing, but it sure adds a nice salty flavor. I made this with whatever I had on-hand, without following any recipe, so the below measurements are rough, but, you get the idea.
Split Pea and Ham Soup
1 large carrot, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
black forest ham, I used about a cup, chopped
yellow peas, about 1 lb, rinsed and picked over
chicken or vegetable stock, 4-5 cups
salt and pepper
1) Heat your oil and add carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add celery and ham. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
2) Add your peas, stock, bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper, cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, lower heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. You might need to add more stock, or water.
3) Taste, adjust seasoning, and serve with some crusty bread.
This is one of the few soups I enjoy chunky. It's especially good on a chilly night, in front of the TV.