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Split Pea Soup with Smoked Turkey

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Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 420 minutes
Servings: 6 makes about 7 cups
Calories: 367 per serving
Percent from Fat: 15%
Cusine: American
Course: Soups - Meal
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Split Pea

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Dried peas have very little moisture inside, so they are dense in nutrients. Split peas are rich in protein, low in glycemic load and high in fiber, much like beans.

Culinary Taste Tip

Taste the soup and season it at the end. Salt, pepper and chili garlic sauce are well absorbed when the soup is fully cooked, while it is still hot.

Culinary Technique Tip

After removing the turkey leg from the crock-pot, let the turkey sit for 10 minutes to let it cool, making it easier to handle and cut.

Ingredients

1 (32 oz.) container low salt chicken broth (or 4 cups chicken stock)
1 (16 oz.) package dried split peas, rinsed and drained
2 large carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium smoked turkey leg, preferably antibiotic and hormone-free, about 1 lb.
2 teaspoons chili garlic puree or paste*
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley garnish, reserved, optional


Preparation

Combine all ingredients except parsley in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat six to seven hours or until peas are tender. Remove smoked turkey to carving board and let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin, bone and cartilage and finely chop the meat. Turn off heat and stir meat into soup. Ladle into shallow bowls. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Substitutions

Nitrite-free ham hock may replace the smoked turkey leg.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): 6; Fat calories (kc): 57; Cholesterol (mg): 25; Trans fatty acids (g): 0; Saturated fat (g): 2; Polyunsaturated fat (g): 1; Monounsaturated fat (g): 3; Fiber (g): 20; Carbohydrates (g): 51; Sugar (g): 9; Protein (g): 28; Sodium (mg): 489; Calcium (mg): 72

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