Canadian Split Pea Soup: Italian-Style

A Canadian favorite with a twist—Canadian Split Pea Soup, Italian Style. If pancetta is too expensive, by all means, try other cured hams, or even boiled ham. I have used a new product from my deli called Italian Hot Ham, and the heat is absolutely perfect.

Canadian Split Pea Soup: Italian-Style

Prep Time

8 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

Serves

4 people

A Canadian favorite with a twist—Canadian Split Pea Soup, Italian Style. If pancetta is too expensive, by all means, try other cured hams, or even boiled ham. I have used a new product from my deli called Italian Hot Ham, and the heat is absolutely perfect.

If you are wondering if there is a difference between Canadian split peas and green split peas… No, there is not. Other than the color, they are equally interchangeable in any recipe, including this one.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb yellow or green split peas
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4-8 ounces pancetta ham, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup pastina pasta, or any kind of mini pasta desired
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Preparation

  • 1 It is as simple as placing all ingredients except salt and pepper (no need to sauté this and brown that) to a boil over medium-high heat
  • 2 Stir well, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer at least 90 minutes, stirring once or twice for the first half of the cooking time
  • 3 The last 45 minutes, you may want to stir more often because as it thickens, the "bulk" of the soup falls to the bottom and will scorch more readily
  • 4 Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving
  • 5 NOTE: This is one of those recipes that almost belong in a slow cooker. Simply place all ingredients in a 3 quart (or larger) crock pot, cover and allow to simmer the entire day. If you are home, stir every once in a while.

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