Warm yourself up with a good bowl of Russian Split Pea Soup

If there’s one food that I truly love, it’s soup. This is because soup has long been a comfort food of mine! It can warm you up, literally and figuratively.

Cold outside?

Grab a warm bowl of soup!

Having a rough day?

Unwind with a bowl of soup.

There are many different recipes out there for soup, and the soup I make, depends on the mood I am in. There is one soup, I found, that I can make no matter what the time or reason is. It’s a soup that is so delicious I can whip it up for a quick lunch, or if I’m entertaining a crowd.

I’m talking about Russian Split Pea Soup.

To begin the process of making this delicious soup, I like to gather all of my ingredients up!

My recipe calls for 4 quarts water, 1 1/2 cups of split-peas, 1 1/2 large diced up onions, 1 large carrot grated, 3 tablespoons of dill that has been diced, extra-virgin olive oil, and just a little bit of salt and pepper to taste.

I begin by boiling water, and adding my chicken drumsticks until they are almost cooked thoroughly.

I then take these from heat, drain and rinse my drumsticks, and I cut my meat off the bone and cut it into tiny pieces.

Next, I boil a new pot of water and I add my chicken back into it along with my peas. I let these ingredients boil for about 20 minutes.

In a separate pan, I saute my onions and carrots in a little bit of olive oil. Again, I can add some salt and pepper if it needs it.¬†Once those are a nice golden brown, and a little bit tender then I know I’m done.

I add those ingredients to my peas and chicken that have been cooking. I reduce the heat down to low and I let it all simmer together for another thirty minutes. I have to make sure to give it an occasional stir. When that time is up, I add my dill and I cook it for another five minutes.

That’s it! It’s simple, and delicious.

A common misconception is that soups have to be these large and elaborate things in order for them to be good. This is not the case at all. A simple Russian favorite can actually be quite tasty, and a crowd pleaser! I’ve been making this recipe for years, and I’ve only heard compliments.

It’s my most requested dish, which just goes to show how truly delicious and hearty it is. This soup is perfect to eat just by itself or it’s the perfect compliment to a meal. I say, you can’t go wrong serving it with a warm piece of bread.