Growing up my mom will always make soup during the Winter months. Coming home from school to a comforting bowl of hot soup was just perfect. I’m carrying on this tradition with my own family. This soup is one of the favorites in my house, between the girls and J the pot will be empty and gone in two days.
Split pea and Kale soup
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium size onion, chopped
2 medium size carrots, diced
2 red peppers, diced
4-6 big leaves lacinato kale, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 pound bag of dried split pea
1 qt chicken stock
1 1/2 cup of frozen petit green peas
2.5 qt water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, peppers and sauté for about 10 minutes with the cover on. Add the kale, garlic and parsley, stir well and cook for 5 minutes. Rinse the split pea in cold water and add to the pot. Add the chicken stock, water, salt, and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, partly covered, for 30 – 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the split pea is starting to disintegrated. Add the frozen green peas, and cook for another 20 minutes.
Soup is best if made one day ahead. Cool completely, uncovered, then chill, covered. Thin with water if necessary.
Photos by Kate Bolt