Skinny Split Pea Soup

IMG_0690This is one of my favorite soups to make in bulk and keep during the winter. It’s healthy, filling and has a smoky ham flavor without the calories of bacon.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz bag of dried split peas
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 tsp of olive oil, salt, pepper
  • ham hock, or smoked ham (will be removed)
  • toasted bread (optional)

Directions

1. Wash peas and drain them.

2. Add oil to a large pot over Medium High heat. Saute onions and garlic until onions are opaque.

3. Add peas, carrots, ham, chicken stock, then cover the pot and let it come to a boil.

4. Once it boils you can reduce heat, add salt and pepper, then cook for about two hours- beans should be very soft by then. Add water if it’s too thick.

5. Remove and discard ham.

6. Serve with toasted bread.

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