MI Coop Kitchen

Polish Split Pea Soup

Great Lakes Energy Cooperative  
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pound yellow or green split peas
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup ham, chopped
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled & cut in 1/2″ pieces
  • salt & pepper to taste
Cook cut bacon in a large pot over medium heat. Once cooked, add the next 4 ingredients. Cook until veggies soften, about 2-4 minutes. Add water, peas, ham bone, and bay leaf to vegetables. Bring to boil; skim foam from top. Add chopped ham and rutabaga. Return to boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Let simmer for 1 hour. Remove ham bone and let cool about 5 minutes or until able to handle. Remove bay leaf. Pull any remaining meat from bone and add back to pot. Season to taste.

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