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Give Peas a Chance

Usually Pea Soup is a fall and winter staple around here. However, the other day I was crusin’ through Costco and had a sudden hankerin’ for some ham…does that happen to anyone else? We don’t have a whole lotta ham around our dinner table, so the kids were rather exited about the salty treat,  I on the other hand was excited about the ham bone! Oh yeah… bring on the soup! With the spring blooms and sun shining outside, I admit it felt a little weird to be making a traditionally winter soup so I thought I’d ‘springify’ it a wee bit. It was a fridge cleaning day too…so I tried throwing in a few different ingredients. I was ridiculously pleased with myself…it was delicious! So here, my friends, is the result of my fridge cleanse/soup creation experiment! It’s one of those recipes that is easier if you have something going on in the kitchen, it takes a bit of time & requires some attention, but it is pretty easy with yummy results!

Give Peas A Chance Spring Soup
 serves 8
  • ham bone
  • 3 sticks of celery, greens and all, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • bay leaf
  • 3 twists fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups dried peas, I like a mix of yellow & green
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup basil pesto (I used what was leftover in my fridge)
  • 2 cups cooked ham,medium dice
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled , medium dice
  • 1 cup celery, medium dice
  • 2 cups frozen sweet peas
  • pea & bamboo shoots for garnish
1. Place first six ingredients ingredients in a large soup  pot, fill with water.
2. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer for several hours or until liquid reduced to approx ¾
3. Strain out stock, discard bone, bay leaf and soggy vegetables
4. Place stock back on medium heat in large soup pot, add dried peas
5. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, stirring regularly until the peas have softened (about 30-45 minutes), if it gets too thick I add a cup of vegetable or chicken broth.
6. Add orange juice & pesto, stir in and use a handheld immersion blender (I think I have mentioned before how much I LOVE my Kitchenaid Architect Hand Blender), or blend in small batches in your blender and place back in pot.
7. Add fresh vegetables, frozen peas and ham, turn up heat to medium, cook until vegetables are tender.
8. Serve in bowls and garnish with crunchy shoots, enjoy!
  “Beautiful soup! Who cares for fish, game or any other dish? Who would not give all else for two pennyworth of beautiful soup?” 
   Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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