golden split pea soup with fresh salsa

golden split pea soup with fresh salsa

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1 meaty ham bone (unless you prefer vegetarian, in which case skip the ham)
10 cups water
3 chicken or vegetable stock cubes
500g yellow split peas
1 cup diced carrots
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley or coriander
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Fresh Salsa-

1/2 red onion, finely chopped.
4 tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 chopped coriander
2 finely minced red or green chillis (remove seeds for less heat)
salt to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice or rice wine vinegar

cooking instructions
In a large pot, place ham bone in water and bring to the boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 1 hour or until meat falls away from the bone.

Remove bone and meat from the liquid. Coarsely chop the meat and return to the liquid with the split peas, stock cubes, onion and carrots.

Bring to the boil, then turn heat to simmer and cook for approximately 45 minutes, stirring more often as the soup thickens.

Add chilli sauce and chopped herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a spoonful of fresh salsa on top.

spice it up with a few drops of HEAVENLY HABANERO CHILLI SAUCE

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