January in National Soup (who knew) and there is nothing better than tummy-warming soup to take away the winter chill. Good friend and neighbor, Maribeth, introduced me to Sarah’s Spicy Split Pea Soup and I was wowed. The next day I went to my local King Soopers to buy it and made a batch that I’ve shared and frozen for future use. It’s also great knowing that my purchase contributes to the great work of this non-profit organization. My soup was packaged by Jessica (great work, Jessica, and I hope things are going well for you!). And here’s a shout out to SARAH for this great recipe.
Women’s Bean Project is Women’s Bean Project is a nationally recognized social enterprise that has created transitional employment in gourmet food and jewelry manufacturing for chronically unemployed and impoverished women for 25 years.
If you cannot find these great soup mixes in your area, you can purchase on their website. I’m anxious to try their other soups soon. To my Vegan and Gluten-Free friends, these soups would be a great addition to your pantry.
1 package Spicy Split Pea Soup Mix
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock (I used ham stock and increased to 8 cups)
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil (I used olive oil)
1 medium diced onion
4 or 5 diced carrots
2 stalks celery diced (added per Maribeth’s suggestion
salt and pepper to taste
spice packet (included)
1 cup milk (optional and I did not add)
optional: cubed ham
- Remove spice packet. Wash and drain peas.
- Assemble peas, broth and water in a 4 quart pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer gently for 1 hour uncovered, or until peas are almost tender. Add more water as needed so that peas stay well covered.
- While peas are simmering, saute carrots, celery, and onion in butter or oil until tender and add spice packet.
- Stir veggie mixture into peas; add milk if desired, and simmer additional 20 minutes until peas are fully cooked.
- OPTIONAL: While the recipe does not include blending the soup mixture, I used a hand blender to bring the soup to a smooth consistency. I then added the ham and simmered another 15 minutes until the ham was heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste.