|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||3%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 27g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||25%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Like American split pea soup, Polish split pea soup (zupa grochowka) makes use of a leftover ham bone. This version differs slightly in that it's left chunky and potatoes, bacon, and carrots are added.
Since ham is omnipresent on Polish tables, especially for major holidays, this soup is very common. If you can't make the soup right away, freeze the bone for when the spirit moves you. Serve with Polish rye bread and butter.
- 3 slices bacon (cut in half)
- 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 3 celery stalks (trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
- 3 large carrots (peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
- 8 cups water
- 1 (1 pound) bag split peas (green or yellow; rinsed)
- 1 meaty ham bone
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup chopped ham
- 2 large potatoes (peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Gather the ingredients.
In a large stockpot, fry bacon until fully cooked. Remove, crumble when cool and set aside. Add garlic, onion, celery, and carrots to bacon grease in the pot and sauté over medium heat until limp.
Add water, peas, ham bone, and bay leaf to the pot with other vegetables. Bring to a boil, skimming any foam that rises to the top. Add the chopped ham, potatoes, crumbled bacon, and salt and pepper to taste, and return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook on low for 1 hour or until peas have completely broken down, stirring frequently to avoid scorching.