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Happy New Year! I wanted to start the year off with something healthy, heartwarming and perfect for cool weather days.

Last night, Kenya ate 4 servings of this recipe for dinner! That’s only 2 days after I made it! I gave it to him for lunch and dinner both days (talk about a culinary groundhog day), but he kept slurping it up so I figured “why not?” I usually don’t give him a lot of meat or pork, but this soup really calls for it to get the perfect flavor. After the ham hock finished stewing in the soup, I simply removed it, let it cool, pulled off all the fat and cut it into a tiny dice. It was luscious! Don’t worry if you want to leave it out. No biggie. It will still taste great.

Split peas are a fantastic source of protein and cook in no time compared to most dried beans. Even better, this recipe is very inexpensive. The split peas were less than a dollar, I only used 1/3 of a package of the ham hock so I froze the rest and the other items I already had on hand (and you probably have them in your pantry as well). In 45 minutes I had a creamy pureed soup that everyone in the family could enjoy — even the tiniest member!

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Split Pea-Wee Soup

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients  

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup split peas, rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 pound ham hock (optional)

Instructions 

  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over low to medium heat. Saute the onions and carrot until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the ham hock and let cool.
  • Puree the soup with a handheld blender or in a blender until smooth.
  • Cut the meat off the ham hock, discarding the fat. Cut the meat into tiny pieces.
  • Serve the soup with ham mixed in or sprinkled on top.

Nutrition

Sodium: 15mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 7g | Calories: 110kcal | Fat: 2g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 17g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  1. Oh, your recipe is maknig me hungary for a good bowl of black eye peas! One of my sisters can make the best black eye peas out of frozen boxes. Been a long time since we had fresh ones.

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