Ham or Vegetarian? 2 Ways to Make Split Pea Soup

Ham or Vegetarian? 2 Ways to Make Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is a simple thing—not a lot to it other than the dried peas, some aromatics, a little broth... Oh, and a ham bone. Just like this luscious soup Faith wrote about yesterday, classic split pea soup gets it depth of flavor from a ham hock. All fine and good unless you're a vegetarian, right? Well, we've got recipes (and tips) to satisfy both sides. Vegetarian split pea soup is even easier, when you're thinking about it from a shopping standpoint (we find that ham hocks can be hard to come by outside of the South). But you may want to make a few substitutions to give it extra body. Some suggestions: • If the recipe calls for water, use vegetable broth. • Add a salty garnish (Stephanie adds grilled cheese croutons; another recipe below calls for chopped olives) or a dollop of sour cream or yogurt. • Add a sprinkle of truffle salt or smoked paprika. • Or, just enjoy it as a simple, clean vegetable soup that it is. Nothing wrong with that. WITH HAMSplit Pea Soup, from the Kitchn (above, left). • Split Pea Soup, from Simply Recipes. • Split Pea Soup with Pumpernickel Croutons, from Gourmet. VEGETARIANVegetarian Split Pea Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, from the Kitchn (above, right). • Vegetarian Split Pea Soup, from 101 Cookbooks. • Yellow Split Pea Soup, also from 101 Cookbooks. Related: Why Does My Split Pea Soup Turn Brown? (Images: Kathryn Hill; Stephanie Barlow)
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