Split Pea Soup

When you want a quick, hearty meal, this soup, made with yellow split peas, pairs well with crusty whole-grain bread or a fresh-vegetable medley.

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Split Pea Soup

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • For the chive cream

  • 3

    tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh chives, plus long cuts for garnish

  • 3

    tablespoons fat-free plain yogurt

  • 1

    tablespoon low-fat buttermilk

  • ¼

    teaspoon sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 1

    yellow onion, chopped

  • ½

    teaspoon salt

  • 1

    large carrot, peeled and chopped

  • 2

    cloves garlic, minced

  • cups dried yellow or green split peas, picked over, rinsed and drained

  • 3

    cups water

  • 3

    cups vegetable stock or broth

  • ¼

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½

    cup chopped lean ham

Directions

To make the chive cream, in a small blender or food processor, combine the chopped chives, yogurt, buttermilk, sugar and salt. Process until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Add the carrot and saute until the carrot is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Stir in the split peas, water, stock, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and simmer until the peas are tender, 60 to 65 minutes. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth and return to the saucepan over medium heat. Reheat gently. Ladle into warmed individual bowls. Top each serving with a drizzle or swirl of chive cream and garnish with a sprinkle of chopped ham and a few long cuts of fresh chives. Serve immediately. Calories 393 Monounsaturated fat 6 g Protein 23 g Cholesterol 7 mg Carbohydrate 56 g Sodium 695 mg Total fat 11 g Fiber 12 g Saturated fat 1 g


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