I have been feasting since Thanksgiving. I am feeling stuffed! I need to put away the sweet treats and large meals for awhile. This split pea soup provided me with a healthy and hearty soup to enjoy on a cold day without leaving me with a feeling of over indulgence.
This soup also gets a double hit of color and flavor from both the split peas and frozen peas. The bay leaf isn’t discarded in this recipe; it gets pureed along with the soup.
Split Pea and Green Pea Soup with Fresh Dill
Ham bone (leftover from Thanksgiving)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
1-2 carrots chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup dried green split peas, rinsed
5-6 cups vegetable broth, divided
1 cup frozen petite green peas, thawed
5 tablespoons chopped dill, divided
Heat oil in a heavy large pan over medium-high heat. Add leek, carrots and bay leaf. Saute until the leek wilts, about 3-4 minutes. Add split peas and stir to coat. Add the ham bone (optional) Add the 5 cups vegetable broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until split peas are just tender, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from heat.
Transfer 1 cup soup solids, bay leaf and remaining broth to blender. Add petite peas and 4 tablespoons dill. Puree until smooth. Return puree to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with remaining dill.