Québécois-Style Pea Soup

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This traditional pea soup is the ultimate in Quebec-style comfort food. Look for an unsmoked ham hock in the meat department of your local supermarket. If you can't find one, a smoked ham hock will work – just reduce the salt in the recipe to 1/4 tsp.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 lb unsmoked ham hock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 3/4 cup dried yellow split peas
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Garlic Toasts:
  • 1 demi-baguette (or half baguette)
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 clove garlic halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Method

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Trim off and discard skin from ham hock; set hock aside.

In large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; cook carrots, celery, onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 15 minutes.

Stir in split peas, bay leaves, savory, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Stir in 8 cups water; add ham hock. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until peas are very soft and soup is thickened, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Discard bay leaves. Transfer ham hock to plate; let cool enough to handle. Discarding bone and any fat, dice meat and return to soup; heat through.

Garlic Toasts: Meanwhile, cut baguette into 12 slices; spread with butter. Broil until golden, about 2 minutes. Rub with garlic; sprinkle with salt. Serve with soup.

Nutritional facts Per each of 6 servings: about

  • Fibre 7 g
  • Sodium 994 mg
  • Sugars 7 g
  • Protein 28 g
  • Calories 446.0
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Potassium 951 mg
  • Cholesterol 51 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 54 g

%RDI

  • Iron 26.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 63.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 7.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 50.0
  • Vitamin C 5.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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