Yellow Split Pea Soup

IMG_8494Hi all–  Happy to get out the old soup pot after all that Christmas eating.  This dinner is quick and simple– but it warms you up on a cold January night.  Just drop it in the pot and you can read by the fire while it simmers itself into soup.

olive oil
1 pound bag yellow split peas
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 carrots, peeled and cut to small bits
1 cup ham, chopped to small pieces
2 cloves garlic
1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt & a little freshly ground pepper
3 tab. cornstarch

IMG_8486Heat a pan with a big splash of olive oil.  Drop in the onion and carrots.  Stir a cook for 4 or 5 minutes until the onions are tender.  Add in the ham and garlic and cook a couple minutes more.  Then pour in the split peas, orange pepper, salt & pepper and 8 cups of water.  Simmer for 25-30 minutes.  It you like your soup a little thicker (and I do), shake the cornstarch in the covered container along with 1/2 cup water and stir it into the bubbling soup a couple minutes until it thickens.  Set a sprig of thyme (or any pretty herb) on top and set it on the table…

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