As sweater weather approaches, it’s a good time to start thinking about the warm feeling and savory smells of cold season soups.
Melt butter in pot. Add vegetables and saute over medium heat until lightly browned. Add chicken stock and nuts. Cover pot and simmer for 1 hour. Season to taste.
This is the type of dish that goes perfectly with a chilly autumn day or a frosty winter afternoon. Braise them a day ahead and the flavor will deepen overnight in the refrigerator.
Yellow split peas have a more delicate flavor and prettier color than their green cousin but either one creates a hearty soup that draws a lot of flavor and meat from smoked ham hocks. Letting the finished soup sit or “cure” in the refrigerator for a couple of days will continue to improve the flavor.