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Friday, November 16, 2012

Bacon Scallion Yellow Split Pea Soup: Foodie Friday

Bacon Scallion Yellow Split Pea Soup
Bacon Scallion Yellow Split Pea Soup

A 100 loads of laundry later...I think I have gotten my house back together after the hurricane and the Nor'easter. Pioneer living is really dirty. I can't believe the soot that was on my floors from using the fireplace constantly... and the unflushable toilets... I won't even go there.

One night that we didn't have power my family and I went out for dinner to celebrate my birthday. I had a wonderful soup that everyone tasted, and I think we figured out what went into it. Here is my version of a hurricane soup.


Bacon Scallion Yellow Split Pea Soup

by Diane Balch

Prep time: 15 minutes        Cook time: 1.5 hours          Serves: 4 - 6     

Ingredients:

6 slices of chopped small bacon (4 for soup, reserve 2 for garnish)
1 bunch of scallions chopped small ( reserve 1/4 of a cup for garnish)
1 cup of dried yellow split peas
6 cups of chicken broth (48 ounces)
2 tablespoons of sherry
salt and pepper to taste


Directions:

1) In a large sauce pan brown the bacon pieces. Just before they get brown add the scallions and sauté them until they wilt.

2) Add sherry and turn the heat up to high. Scrap the bottom of the pan with a spatula to deglaze it.

3) After about a minute add the lentils and then the chicken broth to the pan. Bring it to a boil.

4) Add salt and pepper and let the soup simmer on medium low for about 1 hour or until the lentils soften.

5) When the lentils are soft puree the soup with an immersion blender or in small batches with a regular blender.

6) Garnish each bowl of soup with a small amount of bacon and scallions. Serve with crusty bread or rolls. 





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50 comments:

  1. First of all happy birthday. So glad your life is getting back to normal. We've been there, done that without power for over a month. There's only world for it - awful. I'm hoping it is behind you.

    I'm celebrating my 4th year with 2 cookbook giveaways. Hope your weekend is better than the last several ones.
    Sam

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    1. Thank you Sam. A month without power...wow! Was this when you lived on the island? Yes, I stopped by your anniversary, congrats again. 4 years is a long time blogging. Always good to hear from you.

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  2. Happy Belated Birthday! I'm glad things are coming back to normal for you and your family. Your soup sounds delicious, a really wholesome and comforting treat! This week I've shared a vintage recipe for Cowboy Coffeecake. Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Thank you April. This was the first year I was wishing for electricity and flushing toilets for my birthday. Had a pedicure yesterday... life is good. Can't wait to check out your cofeecake...one of my favorites.

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  3. Thank you for hosting, Diane and Happy Birthday! I think laundry is awful when everything is going smoothly - I can only imagine the laundry after everything you have been through on top of it! Your soup sounds delicious! Pinned it to try :) Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thanks Jamie... so glad I have a new washing machine. Never had the thing running so much. Can you image when they washed clothes on scrub boards? My mom does. A washing machine was something that rung the water out of the clothes... my mom thought it was the coolest contraption. Thanks for stopping by I think you will like this soup.

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  4. Happy Birthday Diane,
    Your hurricane soup looks awesome, I feel for you cleaning up the fireplace soot is it never ending with a fire going all the time. Happy for you than your life can get back to "near" normal. Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      Finally breathing a sigh of relief. My sister in New Jeresy just got power back a few days ago. Craziest storm ever.

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  5. Thanks so much for the invite Diane! Your soup sounds delicious, I can't wait to look around your site more and check out all your recipes! Happy Birthday!

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  6. "Hurricane Soup." Now there's a recipe name that will stick with you! It looks delicious too.

    What frightening weather that was! I'm glad you made it through the storm and that things are righting themselves in your household.

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    1. Thank you Aunt B glad to have you visit the party.

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  7. Glad to hear life is getting back to normal. What an unbelievable mess that storm made.

    Pinned your soup, looks amazing :)

    Thanks for hosting and Happy Birthday!

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer
    http://jennsrandomscraps.blogspot.ca
    http://pinterest.com/jennp6/

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    1. I have a friend in NYC who spent all last weekend cleaning out people's basement along the shore... you are not kidding what a mess this storm made. thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I have frozen fingers right now...and a bowl of your beautiful soup would really hit the spot. I love the flavor combo...sounds DEEEELICIOUS!

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    1. Funny the day I made this soup I came in the house with frozen fingers and toes after walking the dog. I sat down and ate 2 bowls of it before my family even got home. If you like bacon you'll love this soup.

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  9. Looks like you made the best of the situation with this soup. Anything with scallions is a winner with me.
    Thank you for the party--have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks... good to see you and your delicious recipes too.

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  10. Thanks so much for hosting Diane...I hope you have a great weekend!

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  11. That sounds like a yummy soup. Thank you Diane for hosting. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  12. Diane!

    A of all: I LOVE that you've shared my recipe this week for soup. Soup soup soup! It really is time for comfort food, isn't it?

    B of all: I shared with you, my food crack: Autumn Mac & Cheese. Please still haunt me.

    ...i will have to link back when I get home from work. xoxo!

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  13. Happy Birthday Diane!

    Glad to hear that you all made it thru the hurricane and Nor'easter double-whammy.

    Your soup looks yummy and comforting. Among the pumpkin recipes I linked up is one for a comforting pumpkin potato soup that I shared as part of the Food Bloggers Support for Sandy event, which is going on throughout the month of November. The goal is to help encourage everyone to give to those hit worst by the hurricane - you should check it up and consider linking up your soup too.

    Thanks for hosting this fun recipe share. Have a great weekend!!

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    1. I added my soup. Thanks for telling us about this.

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  14. Diane, this looks like a really cozy soup! Any suggestions for substituting the sherry?
    I'm glad you are feeling put back together after all the storms. And Happy Belated Birthday!

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    1. As with most of my recipes that have liquor in them (sorry Italians cook a lot with wine especially) worcestershire sauce has the same flavor enhancing qualities, but you will have to play with the amount. In this recipe try 1 tablespoon first and decide if it need another.

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  15. Diane, Stopping by my blog and our Linky Party. Also thanks for the invite. I haven't been here for awhile...

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  16. Hi Diane
    Thanks for hosting!! This week I'm sharing a recipe for Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake. It's sweetened with pure Stevia, so no worries about artificial fake sweeteners being in there. Top it off with a generous dollup of homemade whipped cream sweetened with Stevia and indulge in an awesome holiday dessert without guilt!
    Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

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    1. Sound terrific... I started using stevia you only need a little it's really sweet a terrific alternative to sugar.

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  17. Thanks for hosting, Diane. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Diane,
    So glad to hear things are getting back to normal. Your split pea soup looks delicious. Thanks for hosting a fun party each week. Have a wonderful weekend :)
    Michelle

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    1. I forgot to mention I really like the rework of your logo and blog design.

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  19. Happy Birthday, Diane! Thank you for stopping by Manila Spoon and for the invite. So happy to have found your lovely blog. Sorry about the hurricane and the damage it has done. Love that lovely looking soup! A must-try!

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    1. So glad I found you... hope to see you again next week.

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  20. Look how you've made a food memory for your family out of a not-so-good-experience. This soup does sound delicious - anything including bacon seems to work - and something I will put in my keep-warm-arsenal of recipes for the Colorado winters I am headed back into eventually. May the holidays be especially joyful for you this year as you and all your neighbors recover from a painful and devastating Mother Nature-experience.

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    1. Thank you Mary Happy Thanksgiving to you in case I don't have Wifi while visiting family. I guess you are right this soup will be forever know as "Hurricane Soup" in my family.

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  21. hi diane, sorry to hear that the hurricane sandy affected your place. Thanks for coming by my blog and the invite to your blog event. Just linked up mine!

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  22. Hi Diane
    Thank you sooooooooooooo much for your comment on my blog :) I really appreciate your concern.
    it's a bit scary here right now...
    I live in Tel-Aviv but they've started firing towards us as well

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    1. I thought that was were you lived. Stay safe my thoughts are with you.

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  23. Great features this week. Your pea soup looks delicious too. :) Thanks for hosting. I'm looking forward to checking out the links.

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  24. Thank you for inviting me to the party, Diane!

    Kelly {Adorned Well}
    http://www.adornedwell.blogspot.com

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  25. First, so glad you are all doing better and starting to get things back together after the storms! Second, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday this week!

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  26. Hey Happy Birthday to you! Glad that hurricane thing is over and you brought such yummy recipe of soup.

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  27. Thank you so much for the feature! (Sorry to be late, I didn't get a chance to join the parties last Friday)

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  28. Hi Dianne. Happy Birthday. I feel blessed to be safe after Sandy but so many others are suffering.

    I can't usually link up on Fridays but I realized, this morning, silly me, I can certainly add on, the following week. I am going to attempt to do this, in the future.

    The patties, I linked today are delicious, if I say so, myself.

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    1. Glad you can join us.. I love the patties my kids will really love them.

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  29. French yellow pea soup is one of my favorites...will be trying your recipe.

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