Pea Soup

This is a tasty pea soup my kids like and a very cheap dinner! Without the ham pieces, would be suitable for older babies.

Pea Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 carrot chopped
1-2 stalks of celery, diced
2-3 small yams, chopped into small 1/2″ cubes
black pepper
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp tarragon
dash of smoked paprika
1 1/2 c split peas (you can add up to 1/2 c more for thick soup, just allow more cooking time)
6 c water, chicken or vegetable broth
1 large bay leaf
tbsp red wine vinegar
1 c fresh peas or frozen
.5 kg organic smoked ham – bone in adds flavor and nutrition (optional)
1/2 tsp salt – if not using ham

Cook onion in oil until soft. Add potatoes, carrot, celery, 3 grinds of pepper, the cumin and tarragon, cooking for 5 min. Add peas bay leaf and water. Bring to boil then lower heat (add ham bone-in), simmering for at least 1 hour, until peas soften and soup is thick. Remove bay leaf. If just adding ham pieces, add ham, as well as red wine vinegar, fresh peas, dill and salt and simmer another 30-60 min. Makes 3-4 servings.

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