Split Pea Soup {+giveaway}

by Rachel Gurk on April 16, 2012 · 147 comments

in Giveaway, Soups and Stews

Remember when we talked about slop? This is green slop. Turns out Ben isn’t really a fan. Life goes on. I like it, it’s healthy, and most importantly, it freezes well. So your slop can be spaced out, because let’s be real, you might not want to eat it every day for a whole week. Looks aside, this is a split pea soup is a hearty soup that will satisfy you and won’t break the bank. It’s thrifty slop!

What makes this “slop” something special is a really flavorful bay leaf. To be more specific, an organic Turkish bay leaf. One might wonder why in the world you put a little green leaf into a gigantic pot of soup, only to take it out again before eating the soup. One might wonder if you are a crazy person. But then…give them a taste of this soup and they will understand the subtle yet strong (makes sense to me!) flavor that this leaf imparts. It is key. 

These particular bay leaves are from Savory Spice Shop, a store which boasts a huge selection of herbs, spices, extracts, and spice mixes. Virtual Potluck teamed up with them to bring you this project and this great giveaway. I was assigned the task joy of selecting products from the “herb” category. Where to begin? I came away with these bay leaves, Organic French Thyme, Herbes de Provence, Organic California Basil, and Bouquet Garni. With all that, it is probably hard to imagine why I would make a simple pea soup, but I was so impressed with the size and beauty of these bay leaves that I had to give them a try.

Throw one of those into a pile of dried peas and you have a quick and healthy meal. I added carrots, celery, onion, and ham. If you’re a vegetarian, this soup would be delicious without the ham. If you aren’t a vegetarian and happen to have a ham bone lying around (or in your freezer), throw that in and this soup with be taken to a whole new level. If you prefer a smoother soup, use a blender or a hand-held immersion blender to give it a quick purée (before you add the ham).

Split Pea Soup

1 teaspoon olive oil
one medium onion, diced
2-3 medium carrots, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced (I like to use the middle ones for soup, with leaves–so flavorful!)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups dried split peas, sorted and rinsed
4-6 cups water
1 bay leaf
8 ounces diced ham
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and salt and pepper. Go easy on the salt, remembering that you will be adding ham later. Cook until onions are translucent and vegetables begin to soften.
2. Add in rinsed peas, water (start with four cups and add more as needed), and bay leaf. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low (a simmer), and simmer partially covered for 30-40 minutes until peas are softened.
3. Add in ham and parsley, stir to combine, heat until warmed though. (Note: I add the ham at the end because I find that it gets tough if I have it simmering the entire time. If you have a ham BONE, that is an entirely different story, throw that sucker in at the beginning and let the flavors meld.) Remove bay leaf prior to serving.

Verdict: Warm, hearty, healthy and delicious.
Husband’s take: He’s not a lover of the green slop…
Changes I would make: None! If I’m feeling crazy, I add a touch of cumin. Because it is one of my favorites. Also, leave the ham out if you want to make this vegetarian. It will still be more than satisfying.
Difficulty: Easy!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One winner will receive Organic Essentials gift set from Savory Spice Shop (pictured above). Everyone in Virtual Potluck is giving away a different spice set, so you have a chance to win 12 different spice sets. Make sure to visit the round-up post for links to each blog.

Update: Giveaway has closed, congrats to Christopher Sorel. Thank you to everyone who entered!

To enter: Go to Savory Spice Shop’s Spice Store and tell me what you would buy from their shop.

For additional entries (MAKE SURE to leave an extra comment for each or they will NOT count):

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6. Follow me on Pinterest and pin this post. (If you aren’t on Pinterest, let me know and I’ll send you an invite!)
7. Tweet about this giveaway, using this: “Win a organic spice set from @rachelcooksblog and @SavorySpiceShop  http://wp.me/p1AwA6-Qs #giveaway #virtualpotluck”
9. Go Savory Spice Shop’s Facebook page, click the Virtual Potluck link, choose a spice from my section that you would most like to add to your pantry.

Up to 8 chances to win! Giveaway will close on the 20th of April (Friday) at midnight EST and I’ll announce the randomly chosen winner Saturday morning (4/21). Winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner. Book will be shipped by the publisher.

Psssst: Don’t forget that you can also still enter to win a copy of Food Blogging for Dummies, open until the 19th.

Disclosure: I was provided with spices to use and review, but no other compensation. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own. 

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1 amy marantino April 16, 2012 at 5:42 am

i would try Peppermint Extract, Pure

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6 Janet Mertz April 16, 2012 at 7:38 am

Piment d’Espelette Grey Sea Salt-I was listening to the broadcast on Sat. and want to make the potatoes they were serving-with this salt-

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7 kimspero April 16, 2012 at 7:46 am

I would try the vanilla beans!I’m sure a zillion other thongs as well, but the vanilla beans would be first.

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8 Erin B April 16, 2012 at 7:46 am

my bf would flip over the vindaloo seasoning. the cambodian lemongrass curry sounds good, but the item appears to be no longer?

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9 Erin B April 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

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10 suzanne April 16, 2012 at 7:55 am

I would buy Vanilla Extract, Pure Madagascar, Double Strength

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11 suzanne April 16, 2012 at 7:56 am

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12 suzanne April 16, 2012 at 7:57 am

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13 Carrie April 16, 2012 at 8:06 am

This soup looks amazing! Split Pea is one of my favorites but usually only make it after we have a left over ham dinner.

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14 Susan 30A EATS April 16, 2012 at 8:07 am

Beautiful photos Rachel! I make spit pea soup once a month! It is a delicious comfort food, and yours looks terrific!

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15 Christopher Sorel April 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

the Black Dust Coffee & Spice Rub sounds great for a tri-tip

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16 Christopher Sorel April 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

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21 Christopher Sorel April 16, 2012 at 8:17 am
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23 Christopher Sorel April 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

organic ground rosemary noodles

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24 Barbara | Creative Culinary April 16, 2012 at 8:29 am

Aww don’t call it that; this is one of my favorite soups; it can’t help it it’s not pretty!

I love making soups with a ham bone but I seldom buy ham so one day, absolutely kidding I told a friend, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Honey Baked Ham sold just the ham bone with some meat on it?’ Then I thought of the sandwiches they sell and wondered what happened to the ham bones from those? I called and best find ever? They do sell the ham bones with a ton of meat on them…so I can make my favorite soups anytime. Especially this lovely one. :)

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25 Rachel April 16, 2012 at 8:31 am

That is the best piece of info I will receive all day. It is only 8:30 AM but how could it GET any better than that?!? Thanks for sharing, Barb! Are they reasonable?

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26 Debra Kerns April 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

Love to try the Spanish Sweet Smoked Paprika!

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27 Debra Kerns April 16, 2012 at 9:03 am

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28 Debra Kerns April 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

I tweeted : Win a organic spice set from @rachelcooksblog and @SavorySpiceShop http://wp.me/p1AwA6-Qs #giveaway #virtualpotluck”

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29 Debra Kerns April 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

And I follow Savory Spice on twitter! Love the Honey Baked Hambone info!

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30 Megan April 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

I would love to try the Cinnamon, The Ceylon True Organic
Cinnamon!

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31 Megan April 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

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32 Erin B April 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

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35 amy walker April 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

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36 Shelly April 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

I’d love to try the Tahitian vanilla extract.

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37 amy walker April 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

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38 Shelly April 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

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39 Erin B April 16, 2012 at 9:21 am

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44 Megan April 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

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45 Shelly April 16, 2012 at 9:24 am
46 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels April 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

Split pea soup is my absolute favorite soup ever. Yours looks soooo good and comforting. :)
I would probably buy coconut extract!

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47 Megan April 16, 2012 at 9:27 am
48 Megan April 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

I would get Garam Masala. So glad to see this recipe, I bought too many bags of dried split peas when making an Easter centerpiece I saw on Pinterest, so now I need to use up the peas!!!

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49 Megan April 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

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50 Megan April 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

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51 Tripp April 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

I would like to try the Mexican Mole spice blend.

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55 Melissa C. April 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

I think I’d buy their butterscotch extract

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56 Athena April 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

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60 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet April 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

Split pea is definitely one of my favorite soups…we call it Grinch Soup at our house. :) I’ll come help you eat the leftovers. Great post sweets.

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61 Linda S. April 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

I would buy some cinnamon sticks.

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62 Linda S. April 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

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64 Deborah April 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

I love split pea soup!! I actually made some not long ago, but couldn’t take a decent picture, so it never got posted. :)

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65 Susan in the Boonies April 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

I’d buy myself a Chef’s Mate Chrome Pepper Mill. Because I NEED a really good pepper mill.

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72 Susan in the Boonies April 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I would like to add Mexican Oregano to my pantry.

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73 Rachel @ The Henway April 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Hands down the first thing I’d buy would be cacao nibs.

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74 amy April 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Definitely the cinnamon! One of my favorite spices and I love trying different types.

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75 Olivia April 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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76 katie April 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I would love to buy the Mediterranean Mix!

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80 Melissa Kowalski April 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I would love to use the basil to make tomato sauce with lots of basil and garlic!

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81 Bonnie K April 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I would buy the Cardamom Pods, Fancy Green, Organic. Someone told me that they add cardamom to their coffee.

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87 Bonnie K April 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm
88 Bonnie K April 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

The spice I would choose from your section is Herbs de Provence.

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92 julie April 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I would get the hot chocolate mixes

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96 julie April 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I would like to get the california organic basil

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98 Leah Z April 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I would love to try either the cinnamon extract or the butterscotch extract

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103 diabeticFoodie April 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Nothing beats a flavorful bay leaf! My husband calls this “glop” cooking and he loves it. Looks delicious.

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104 Julie @BananasForBourbon April 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Definitely cardamom pods!

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105 amanda @ fake ginger April 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I love split pea soup so much! My husband isn’t a fan either. Men suck.

I would buy butterscotch extract! I’ve never seen it anywhere!

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114 amanda @ fake ginger April 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm
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116 The Food Hunter April 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I love split pea!

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117 delia April 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I would try the different cinnamons.

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118 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

It cracks me up that you call this slop, looks great!

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119 Taylor April 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I made slop (a.k.a. split pea soup) a couple of months ago and LOVED it too…the fiance however, did not. Oh well, more for me! Yours looks better than mine though…mine looked sloppier :)

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120 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I’d load up on cinnamon!

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124 Carmen April 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I would love to get some diced jalapeno chiles from Savory Spice Shop

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127 Carmen April 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

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128 Carmen April 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

We go through a lot of parsley leaves, minced garlic and onion so any of those would be great.

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129 Jenel April 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

Besides what I already buy? I love so much there…from walking in the door to tasting everything. So narrowing it down to the herb section, I would probably walk off with the Hungarian sweet & spicy paprika…

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130 Jeffrey L. April 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I would buy the Madagascar Double Strength Pure Vanilla Extract and hope that it poured our of the bottle like sludge!

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131 Jeffrey L. April 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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133 Jeffrey L. April 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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134 Jeffrey L. April 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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135 Jeffrey L. April 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm
136 Jeffrey L. April 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I would like to try the Spanish Hot Smoked Paprika!

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137 Karen Lynch April 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I would like to try one of the curry blends. Have never tried to make it at home, DH is not a fan but I would like to try some recipes for myself.

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138 Karen Lynch April 19, 2012 at 12:29 am

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140 Alaine April 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I’d buy the hard cinnamon sticks
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142 Juley Allee April 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

We make split pea in our house all through the winter. It’s healthy comfort food. And my daughter loves it so much that she’ll withstand the jeers and jabs from her class mates when I pack it in her thermos for school lunch. :) I will try your recipe–mine is a keeper, but yours is interesting and it may just “spice” it up a little! (BTW–I love Savory Spice’s Vietnamese Cinnamon–it’s the sweetest cinnamon flavor I’ve ever tasted!)

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143 Crystal Jo April 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I buy from Savory as much as I can. I haven’t gotten the Black truffle salt yet. I would love to give it a try.

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146 katherine d April 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

i would love the Vanilla, Madagascar Extract, Organic

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147 Crystal Jo April 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I would most like to have the Hungarian Sweet and Spicy Paprika (Salt-Free) from your virtual pantry. It is one of the paprikas that I have yet to try from Savory.

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