This easy recipe for Split Pea Soup can be made on the stove or in your slow cooker. The kick from a dash of chipotle powder and bites of Smoked Gouda keep things interesting. A cozy dinner for a lazy (or busy) day.
So when I started this blog over 3 years ago, I of course posted all of my favorite recipes right away. What’s a food blog without the tried-and-trues? There are some recipes that I still make all the time for my family, but don’t get much attention here on the blog, because well, only my mom was reading then. Which is kind of a shame, because hello, look at this soup. You should be eating it.
I usually go back and change the story of the post too, to keep it fresh, but for some reason I just couldn’t let this one go. I mean, who could toss out a list of their favorite movie quotes? Apparently I can’t. So here it is, Karen From Yesteryear (circa April 2012):
Eric’s birthday is coming up. At work they sent him a get-to-know-you questionnaire so that they can read it at their next staff meeting. The last question was What is your favorite movie? Instead of naming one, he listed 16, complete with genre categories.* That’s what you get when you ask people like us about movies.
It got me thinking about some of my favorite movies, and of course my favorite quotes from them. Wanna hear some?
1. Han Solo: Keep your distance, Chewie, but don’t LOOK like you’re trying to keep your distance. [Chewie barks a question] Han Solo: I don’t know. Fly casual!
This is, of course, from Star Wars. I don’t even need to make an explanation for Han Solo’s awesomeness.
2. Chunk: Mikey, Mikey, this ain’t the kind of place you wanna go to the bathroom in.
Mama Fratelli: Why not?
Chunk: Because they might have daddy longlegs and um… dead things, Mikey, DEAD THINGS!
Goonies!! I was obsessed with this movie as a tween. What, you weren’t??
3. Miracle Max: Get back, witch.
Valerie: I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!
Vizinni: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
These are from The Princess Bride, possibly the most quotable movie of all time.
4. I brought you flours. Harold Crick says this to Ana Pascal in Stranger Than Fiction when he brings her gourmet flours to bake with. My kind of man.
5. The kid is a L7 weenie. From the Sandlot. Yes please. (Do you want a s’more? Some more of what?)
6. Buzz! Your girlfriend! Woof!
Kevin Mcallister on Home Alone. I will never get over this movie. It cracks me up. Just the other day my friend and I were in our church’s kitchen and I held up a spoon and said, “Is this real silver?” And she whispered loudly, “Put it in your purse. Just put it in your purse!!” And I knew that I had found a Home Alone kindred spirit.
7. Dionne: Hello? There was a stop sign.
Cher: I totally paused.
This is from Clueless. I think this to myself every time I roll through a stop sign, and imagine myself saying it to a cop as an excuse. But officer, I totally paused!
Okay people. Your favorite movie quotes? Everybody’s got one! Come on, spill in the comments!
Hi, it’s the Real Me again. Let’s talk split pea. I usually make this soup around Easter when I have a leftover ham bone, but I was totally craving it recently. I didn’t feel like buying an entire ham just for soup, so I used a ham steak and it worked out beautifully. Make sure you add whatever bones you have to the soup, it lends great flavor.
The first time I made this, I used the ham bone from this Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham (my favorite ham, ever.) The chipotle gave the soup a little kick that I loved, so I’ve incorporated it into this recipe by adding chipotle chili powder. If you don’t have any, you could use regular chili powder, or omit entirely. I really love the extra layer of smokiness it adds, as if smoked ham and smoked gouda weren’t enough. << This, by the way, is totally not optional, in my opinion. Gouda for president!! It’s a game changer, friends.
^^Here’s my original photo, just for kicks :)
*Eric’s favorite “movie”:
Comedies: Groundhog Day. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Classics: Casablanca. It’s a Wonderful Life. The General.
Animated: Ratatouille. Wall-E. Spirited Away.
Epics: Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Indiana Jones.
Action: Inception. The Matrix.
Others: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Cast Away. The Truman Show.
Some other cozy soups you will love:
Cream Cheese Chicken Chili: This would be great for Game Day! You could even serve it as a dip with tortilla chips. Yummm:
Other great versions of the Almighty Split Pea:
Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham from SkinnyTaste
Cauliflower and Yellow Split Pea Soup with Turmeric from Bojon Gourmet
Herbs de Split Pea Soup from Half-Baked Harvest