Homemade Split Pea Soup with Salmon
Split peas are dried, peeled, and split seeds and they come in green or yellow. The peas are round in shape until they are dried. Then the skin is taken off and the natural split is mechanically separated so they cook quicker. Split peas are a good source of protein and they are very low in fat since most of the calories come from complex crabs and protein. Split peas are high in fiber too, which is good news because they make you feel full and satisfied and fiber is great for the digestion.
The following recipe combines split peas, chicken broth, bacon, garlic and more, for a tasty and delicious split pea soup recipe. The bacon adds a real meatiness to the flavor and the salmon provides a contrasting flavor and a splash of color. You can garnish this soup with almond slivers if you like, to add another texture, but leave them off if you do not have any. Perhaps you want to make some homemade croutons and scatter those over the soup before serving it instead. They would add a nice crunch to the otherwise soft texture of this dish.
If you prefer, use a handheld whisk to puree the soup. Some people prefer a finer texture. You can puree the soup before adding the salmon if you want. Feel free to use smoked tofu instead of the bacon or swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth. The other ingredients are quite simple but you can add more vegetables if you feel like it. This is a hearty and healthy fish soup recipe and an interesting way to use salmon. Cod would also work in this recipe but of course it is a different color so the resulting soup would look different.
- 4 cups split peas
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 4 cups water
- 8 chopped slices bacon
- 4 oz salmon filets, in ½ inch pieces
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1 diced yellow onion
- Half & Half, as needed
- Salt and black pepper, as needed
- Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
- Almond slivers, for garnish
- Bring the water, broth and split peas to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to a simmer and add the bacon, garlic, and onion. Cook for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the salmon and simmer the soup until the fish is done. Drizzle in some Half & Half and a little olive oil and stir well.
- Garnish with almond slivers and serve.
Split peas are an overlooked legume in many cases and a lot of people have never even cooked with them. Why not? Split peas are cheap and they are easy to cook with. They are also healthy and colorful and you can make easy fish recipes with them, as well as many other kinds of recipes. This dish makes a hearty, satisfying lunch or dinner and the whole family will love the unusual flavor. Whether you follow the recipe and use salmon or whether you switch it for cod, red snapper, sea bass or another kind of fish, this is a winning recipe which makes a full-flavored and exciting soup. You can see from the picture how appetizing it looks.
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