Dec 062012

I’ve just discovered the greatness of homemade split pea soup. It’s so simple to make, your house smells like stew, and it’s great to eat on a rainy day. It’s been raining like crazy in San Francisco but it’s ok because that means that there’s going to be a lot of snow in Tahoe this winter! YES!

Soooooooo a pound of dried split peas cost me $1.39 at Whole Foods. So cheap. I love it!! The most expensive item in this soup is the ham hock (shank?…what’s the difference??) and it was about $8. So for just over $10 I was able to make a HUGE pot of soup which fed about 8 people…multiple times.

MORE IMPORTANTLY: Do you guys remember The Holiday Project last year?????

Well this year, it’s back!!! I’ve been keeping it a secret but now it’s time to share because it’s all coming together!

I started the series last year in hopes of getting a virtual group together during the holidays and to have each person share something food related–whether it was a recipe, a personal story, or a fun holiday idea/tradition. Little did I know that amazing guest bloggers from all of the the WORLD (!!) would participate. Some already had their own blogs, some were readers of Life Tastes Like Food, and some were friends.

This year’s Holiday Project is going to be a little different. We’re stepping it up an notch, and the collaborated efforts will be dedicated to an ONLINE HOLIDAY AUCTION! There will be baked goods, signed cookbooks, kitchen items, fun holiday gifts, and MORE.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S EVEN BETTER? 100% of the proceeds will be donated! :)

I hope you’ll join me, along with over 25 contributing bloggers and 15 readers/friends, in being a part of this auction. There’s going to be such amazing stuff, you guys. I am so excited. The online Holiday Auction begins….ON MONDAY! It will run until next Thursday and all items will be shipped out right away so you will receive them in time for the holidays.

So start mentally preparing over the weekend and get ready to bid on LOTS OF GREAT ITEMS!


But I digress.

Back to this soup. Make it. It’s delicious. I hope you’re having a wonderful week, and I can’t wait for you to see the auction on Monday :)

P.S. Split pea soup is not the most photogenic soup so you’ll have to trust me when I say the flavor in this soup is incredible!


Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham
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Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8-10
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb dried split peas
  • 1 lb smoked ham shank (or 2 ham hocks)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 10 cups of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: A few shakes of hot sauce (I used Tapatio)
  1. Add the garlic, carrots, onion, peas, ham shank, and bay leaves to a large pot.
  2. Add 10 cups of water and then bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the red pepper flakes and some salt and pepper. You can also add a few shakes of hot sauce at this point if you'd like.
  4. Reduce soup to medium heat (so it is at a low boil) for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. When the liquid in the soup has reduced by about a third of the original amount, spoon about 1 cup out, let it cool slightly, and taste test it. (Add whatever you think will enhance the soup to the test portion before adding it to the main pot. At this point, I added a good sprinkle of salt!)
  6. The soup is just about ready when it’s boiled down to about 2/3 or 1/2 of how much liquid was there in the first place.
  7. Once you reach this point, remove the ham and the bay leaves. Discard the bay leaves and shred or cut the ham into small pieces.
  8. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until it is smooth and creamy. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can scoop the soup into your blender and blend it that way.
  9. Top the soup off with some pieces ham, serve, and enjoy!


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