Making split pea soup from dried peas is an art form that simply cant be rushed and is different every time, Fortunately, once you have done it correctly it can be refrigerated and even frozen and come out perfect when reheated. The issue is the peas do not become hydrated in the same cooking time and you have two choices: Turn it off and reheat it a second day when it is always perfect or eat the inferior not as smooth but still very good tasting product. I have done both depending on how hungry I am and what’s in the refrigerator.
Obviously for a meal this touchy, you can’t make it in a coffeepot or a slow cooker and do it right. I was curious if you could make a reasonable substitute using canned sweet peas and step number one is read the label and try to find a product made from peas and water alone although salt would not be too bad. Absolutely avoid anything with sugar added because it is not the right taste.
I made this as a vegetarian soup for a few reasons; I don’t mind mental collapse from protein deficiency a couple of days a week, I was looking for the texture of the end result more than the absolute flavor and I would hate to waste good ham or even smoked turkey necks on bad soup.
When you see the richness of the ingredients you’ll recognize that the soup was pretty good with two caveats. It lacked the traditional flavor of the ham and it was not as creamy as I would like my split pea soup to be but it was still alright.
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
2 stalks diced celery
1 bay leaf
1 thin slice scotch bonnet hot pepper
½ teaspoon Thyme
½ teaspoon Rosemary
1 Tablespoon Parsley
Separate the can of peas add the liquid to the pot and mash the peas with a potato masher.
1 can 14.5 oz Vegetable broth.
The method is straight forward. Add everything except the can of peas and the broth to the coffeepot and let simmer while you shower shave and get ready for the day.
Open the can of peas and separate and save the liquid. Mash the peas into a paste, add the mashed peas, water from the peas and broth to the pot.
Let simmer all day and when you return enjoy your soup.