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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Get in my Belly! Emeril's Split Pea Soup!

This is one of my daughter's favorite dinners. We had it this past Sunday with homemade bread. (I'll post that recipe soon!) Sometimes I add chopped ham (good quality) or bacon (fried crispy & crumbled) to the soup just before serving.



* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 2 cups chopped yellow onions
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* Crushed red pepper flakes
* 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 pound dried green split peas, picked over and rinsed
* 8 cups chicken broth
* 1 cup milk
* Hot Sauce

Directions

In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onions. Season with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaf, and split peas and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes, until the peas are tender. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Add the milk and, using a hand-held immersion blender, process until smooth. Add the hot sauce and serve hot.

(photo: Food Network)

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