Split Pea Soup a La Julia Child Recipe

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Split Pea Soup a La Julia Child
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  • 2 well-washed and scrubbed split ham hocks
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 5 whole cloves or 5 allspice berries
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup diced celery
  • 2/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 quarts ham stock, heated
  • 1 1/2 cups split peas


  1. For the stock, put the ham hocks in a kettle with water to cover by 2 inches.
  2. Make an herb bouquet with washed cheesecloth, using the bay leaves, thyme and cloves or allspice.
  3. Put this in the pot, along with the carrots, onions and celery.
  4. Simmer 3 to 4 hours with the kettle cover slightly open.
  5. Or, simmer in crockpot for 8 hours on low.
  6. Skim occasionally.
  7. Strain and degrease.
  8. Easiest way to degrease is to make ahead and chill, remove fat when cold.
  9. Freeze if you want.
  10. To make the soup, set a saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter.
  11. Saute the vegetables, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  12. Blend in the flour and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
  13. Remove from the heat and cool briefly, blend in the hot ham stock and the split peas.
  14. Bring to a simmer, stirring.
  15. Cover and cook about 45 minutes until peas are tender.
  16. Salt and pepper to taste after 1/2 hour of simmering.
  17. When cooked, mash or puree the soup depending on the consistency you want.
  18. Garnish with homemade croutons or sauteed ham bits if desired.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 210.5 Kcal (881 kJ)
Calories from fat 78.72 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.75g 13%
Cholesterol 19.32mg 6%
Sodium 581.28mg 24%
Potassium 437.04mg 9%
Total Carbs 26.79g 9%
Sugars 3.82g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4.2g 17%
Protein 7.06g 14%
Vitamin C 6.6mg 11%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 13%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Calcium 104.4mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 32.19 Kcal (135 kJ)
Calories from fat 12.04 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.34g 13%
Cholesterol 2.95mg 6%
Sodium 88.9mg 24%
Potassium 66.84mg 9%
Total Carbs 4.1g 9%
Sugars 0.58g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0.64g 17%
Protein 1.08g 14%
Vitamin C 1mg 11%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 13%
Iron 0.3mg 9%
Calcium 16mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 4.1
  • 5

Good Points

  • low calorie,
  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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