Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Split Pea Sausage Soup

We finally pulled out the tree from the basement and put it up.  I went down to break out all of the ornaments to decorate when I suddenly realized I sold them at our yard sale this last summer.  I know, I could not believe it myself!!!  I was trying to remember the reasoning behind this moment of insanity when it dawned on me that I thought Joe (my husband) and I would be spending Christmas in California with our children and grandchildren and therefore, would have no need for a tree. Oh well maybe another Christmas.

In the meantime I decided to improvise and look through what I had in my craft boxes to see what I could use.  The picture above is just that, my improvised decorating.  The cute dog in the picture is J.J., he is trying to get a better view of what his mom had just done.

After all of that I decided to make some warm hearty Split Pea Soup.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Split pea soup is so thick and hearty, it's a meal in itself.

Not only do split peas make a thick and hearty pot of soup, they're also an excellent source of protein, folate and fiber. Once you add some vegetables and slice a few thick pieces of fresh multi-grain bread to serve on the side, you've got a deeply satisfying meal that's low in fat and high in flavor and nutrition


1 pound smoked kielbasa

1 pound dried split peas

6 cups water

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper

2 bay leaves


Cut sausage in half lengthwise; cut into 1/4-in. pieces. Place in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until peas are tender. Remove bay leaves.


Katerina said...

Hi, first time at your beautiful blog. his soup is ideal now that the weather is getting colder here!

Medifast Coupons said...

Thanks so much for your pea soup recipe, have been cruising around looking for a recipe for mu husband, split pea soup is his favorite. I always cheat and buy canned, I don't like, but this will be a nice surprise for him.
And the tree looks really pretty!