Monday, January 18, 2016

Split Pea Soup! A hearty favorite + Recipe for Spaetzele's

One of mom's favorites!  Grandma and her used Hamhocks for her base but I'm taking a shortcut and found it to be really very easy. The taste was great! You can add small pieces of diced ham (leftover) or buy a small piece and cut it up for more flavor..

My personal favorite is meatless.

  Happy Cooking from my kitchen to yours!

Small dumplings or tiny pasta will make this soup a meal!  Cook pasta separately and add to soup.

I did mine in the crock pot! It cooked in 2 hours on high (I followed the recipe and it was done much quicker than I thought) Make sure you do the first step before putting it in the crock pot!

Split Pea Soup

1 pkg. Dried split peas
2 quarts vegetable broth (I used Chicken Broth)
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped carrots
¼ chopped onion
1 bay leaf
¼ tsp. Thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash and sort peas.   Add broth.   Bring to boiling.. Boil 2 minutes.. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour..  Put in crockpot, Add vegetables, bay leaf and thyme.. Set control to high and simmer covered for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until peas are soft and vegetables are tender..  

Note:  If leaving for the day set control to low.

If desired, put through food mill, processor or blender.. Season with salt and pepper.  

Note:  I  added small pieces of dumplings for a little different touch.  Mom made homemade spaetzele's fo her pea soup..
Recipe below!!

Makes about 2 quarts.. Easily frozen

I add some spaetzele noodles for an added touch or small acne de pepe noodles (about ¼ lb. Cooked)

German Spaetzle Recipe (Mom’s)

2 1/2 cup flour
¼ tsp. Salt
2 eggs
½ cup milk
½ cup water

Mix ingredients ..Note: If you have a spaetzle maker.. In a medium pot bring 3 or 4 qts. water to a boil, place  spaetzle maker over pot of boiling water, push back and forth until all is used .Stir while they are boiling..  If you do not have a spaetzle maker drop by ¼ tsp. into boiling water. When spaetzles have risen  top.. Cook about 5 minutes or more.  Drain, rinse and add to pea soup..

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