Simple Soup Home Run

When your five-year-old makes a special request for “that soup with the yellow peas”, it’s either Opposite Day or you have an amazing recipe.

Cooking has never been my forte. I can bake to make my mother proud but I cook simply because I can’t afford a personal chef. And yet, in an effort to use some leftover ham, I braved the seemingly difficult task of making a soup that didn’t hail from a Tetra Pak or a tin can. Shockingly, my boys couldn’t get enough of the flavorful dish! With over 10g of both fiber and protein in every serving, I think I did a happy dance behind their backs. We’re not ones for submitting to picky eaters but when you find a healthy recipe that hits a home run with the little people, you know it’s worth sharing.

Rosemary Split Pea Soup
serves 4; ready in two hours


2 cups cooked ham or bacon
1 onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
28-32 oz. broth (chicken, vegetable and/or mushroom)
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups yellow split peas
2 bay leaves
3 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary


Place cooked ham or bacon, onion, carrot, and garlic into a large pot over medium heat. Cook until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Pour in the broth and water; stir in split peas, bay leaves, and rosemary. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until peas are cooked, about 1-1.5 hours, stirring occasionally and adding extra broth or water if necessary.

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

8 thoughts on “Simple Soup Home Run

  1. Rahel says:

    That’s so funny — I regularly cook a similar soup, but use moth beans instead. I had never even heard of them before I discovered them in your left-over food box (remember, the white one you left at our place last summer?).

    Smoked tofu is a tasty replacement to make it vegetarian (actually even vegan). My kids love the soup even more, if I add freshly chopped tomatoes. Also, it can easily be turned into a more indian-style recipe by adding a bit of turmeric/cumin and replacing the rosemary with fresh cilantro. So many options, and all taste fantastic!

    • Natasha says:

      Ha! Forgot about all the random crap I left at your house in that box! Glad something in it was useful to you! 😉

      Smoked tofu sounds great…I’ve never heard of it before and will have to check it out.

  2. Adrianne says:

    I’ve made this twice now and my toddler loves it. It also freezes well for quick lunches, which is awesome. Thanks!

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