Cooler days of autumn are here, and for me that means it is boot season and more opportunities to make soup. Warm and nourishing soups are my favourite comfort food. I like to throw everything into the pot and let it simmer for a few hours, while I do some work around the house on the weekends. The house smells delicious and inviting too.
Today I went to the market and got some organic ham hocks. It's definitely more expensive eating organic meat, but knowing the animals have access to pastures, where they can graze without being fed antibiotics makes it worth it. Also, knowing how to use affordable offcuts like ham hocks make it more affordable than just sticking to prime cuts. Plus, the idea of nose-to-tail eating where nothing is wasted aligns with my values. If an animal has died to feed me, I don't want to disrespect it's life by wasting parts of it just because it's unconventional or strange looking. So without further delay I present you a recipe for a delicious and very filling soup with only three ingredients.
Split Pea & Ham Soup (Serves 2)
- 2 small pieces of organic smoked ham hock
- 1 onion chopped roughly
- 1 cup of split green peas
If you want to use more than three ingredients you can add some pepper, and a couple of bay leaves into the pot at the start.
Put all the ingredients in a pot and pour in enough water to cover everything. Turn on the stove and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for two hours until the split peas are tender and are falling apart. You can serve it just as it is or you can take out the ham hock, cut off the meat and add it back into the soup. You can also top it off with sauerkraut and some chopped pickled cucumbers.
With love & simplicity,