Paleo Bacon and Split-Pea Soup

 

The Paleo lifestyle is pretty darn simple, once you get the hang of it. And honestly, all you need to do is eat REAL FOOD, without the added crud that lately everyone seems to think it requires. After having six random anaphylaxis episodes in two weeks, from food, I can’t lie there’s some fear there when I pick up a fork.

Thankfully, I have been craving vegetables like crazy, but in a ‘comfort food’ kind of way.. oven roasted everything, lots of homemade brown gravy, and soup! And since my food journey isn’t just about eating like a caveman and getting skinny {which is great!}, I am also eating to heal my body; so all of these yummy comfort foods have to be paleo and free of crud!

Bacon Split Pea-Soup was at the top of my craving list and so the challenge was.. how do I make ‘ham-peas’ taste like ‘ham’ without adding the packet they give you that is FULL of hydrolyzed soy protein?! EASY!

Real, uncured bacon.

Funny, huh?! How people just go along with what is given to them, pouring the packets of chemicals into their food to make it taste a certain way when ALL they have to do is.. use real food. And here at Paleo Harvest Kitchen, we think there is NO other way to cook, but with real food.

Side note: I do know that peas are not AIP, however, my body was craving them and I did not get a flare up from them or the bacon. As always, follow your gut! {get it, your gut..}

thegreeneyedgroom and I have been {attempting to stick to} paleo since before it was cool, which you know.. is always nice. However, split-pea soup is something I have not tried to conquer yet. Which honestly, I should have, because it turned out to be so easy and such a savory dish.

 

Without further ado – the tastiest, healthiest split-pea soup you will ever eat..

First, rinse your peas and set aside; then chop 4-6 strips of uncured bacon and cook 6-8 minutes over medium-low heat.

bacon

PHK Cooking Tip: Chop the bacon with cooking scissors, it’ll make your job SO much easier.

While that yummy pork is cooking, chop your veggies!

Quarter the carrots and dice the Celery and Onion. They will cook well this way, also.. the celery is mostly for taste so you don’t need huge chunks of it.

carrot

PHK Cooking Tip: Light a candle! Seriously, this is what we do to not cry while chopping onions and it works!

butter

Once that bacon is nice and hot, add your grassfed butter and vegetables to the pan and let them get familiar. Then add your peas, organic chicken broth, water, and seasonings. {I like to season my soups while they are cooking, not after.}

peas and seasoning

Then cover and let simmer for 50 minutes. You can stir it every-so-often, honestly, I do it mostly for the smells.

soup raw

Check the seasoning, add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool 5 minutest before serving.

PHK Cooking Tip: If you want a smoother consistency, pop it in the food processor!

And enjoy!!

– PHK

soup side view

Paleo Bacon Split-Pea Soup

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Paleo Bacon Split-Pea Soup   by: Paleo Harvest Kitchen

Ingredients:
– 20oz Green Split-Peas
– 4-6 Slices of Uncured Bacon
– 4 Carrots, Quartered
– 2 Celery Stalks, Diced
– 1/2 Sweet Onion, Diced
– 5 Cups Organic Chicken Broth
– 5 Cups Water
– 1 tsp. Sea Salt
– 1 tbsp. Black Pepper
– 1 tbsp. Mrs. Dash Table Blend
– 3 tbsp. Grassfed Butter

Directions:
1. Rinse Peas, Set Aside
2. Chop Bacon and Fry on Medium-Low Heat
3. Once Bacon is done, add:
Butter, Chopped Vegetables,
Split-Peas, Chicken Stock,
Water and Seasonings.
4. Let Simmer, Covered, on Medium-Low for 50 minutes
5. Stir a few times while waiting.
6. Check Flavor and Seasoning, Texture

Let cool for 5-7 minutes before serving.

Use a food processor at the end if you would like a creamier soup.
Enjoy!

– PHK

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