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.
• 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.
• Split Pea Soup, from the Kitchn (above, left).
• Split Pea Soup, from Simply Recipes.
• Split Pea Soup with Pumpernickel Croutons, from Gourmet.
• Vegetarian 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)