Monday, October 5, 2009

Autumn - Time for Soup!

It's October. I still have the a/c on, but that's another story! All around blogville there's pages and pages of soup! It was a gorgeous day today, not exactly soup weather when you have hot flashes but why ruin it for the rest of the family. So I cranked up the a/c until we were chilled, and made a huge pot of Split Pea Soup the way my Grandma taught me. With HOT DOGS!

Split Pea Soup with Hot Dogs
Source: Grandma
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 -2 lbs of flanken (short ribs)
1 (1 lb) bag of dried split peas (more if you want it really thick!)
2 ribs of celery
1 bay leaf
Coarse salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded carrots
Small onion, diced fine (or cut it in quarters and pick it out after!)
Water or chicken stock
Ditalini or any small pasta

Place flanken (short ribs) in a soup pot, add water to cover or chicken stock, about 12 cups. Bring to a boil and add the dried split peas. Chop one small onion fine, add to pot, add a small rib of celery, some shredded carrots, and a bay leaf.

Bring to a boil, then simmer for a long time at least 2 -3 hours until the peas are mush. Simmering longer is better. Remove celery and bay leaf and ham bone, cut up any shreds of meat that are in the soup or clinging to the bones and return to the soup. Add salt if needed and pepper to taste.

Slice up a few hot dogs (I use Hebrew National, good flavor!) and throw them in after about an hour or so of simmering. You can also use corned beef. If you use the corned beef, don't add the hot dogs! Throw in a couple handfuls of ditalini and simmer until the pasta is soft.

To serve remove the flanken from the pot, serve that separate from the soup. You can also cut it in small pieces and return the meat to the pot.

By the next day, if the soup is too thick, add water or stock. Freezes really well. You can make it vegetarian using vegetable stock, no meat, and you can also omit the flanken and the hot dogs and throw in a ham bone. My grandma never used ham. She never made it vegetarian either. Basic recipe you can put in whatever you like, some people use potatoes instead of the pasta. If you don't like it really thick use less split peas.


  1. Nothing like a good Grandma recipe, Carol! I've never had split pea soup, if I ever make it, I might omit the hot dogs. ;-)

  2. Add ham instead. Really good. or leave out meat altogether!

  3. I agree nothing like a time honored Grandma recipe for comfort food. I myself have never heard the term flanken or seen a hot dog in split pea soup :) I grew up loving split pea soup...we used a ham bone. Then when I was a teen the Exorcist came out and that kind of ruined the soup for me for a while. Jeff thinks he doesn't like it so last winter I used yellow split peas and he liked it.

  4. I still make things my grandma taught me to cook. She always had the best comfort foods. Thanks for sharing. Geri

  5. Carol, I made a pot of split pea over the weekend, too! It is one of my favorites. Yours looks really nice and thick. Yummy!

  6. Carol, my mom loved split pea soup ... and she would have loved the addition of hot dogs. ... You certainly have some wonderful recipes from your grandmother.

  7. Looks yummy, no matter what the weather! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment about my stained glass mosaic. I loved having you over, please come back again and stay - if you'd like! Have a wonderful week!

  8. Looks good ,Carol! Here's to Grandma..
    I don't think I ever had a thing made by my gmas. They died when I was young... I guess that's why, or else their cooking was forgettable..:)
    Good memory for you!

  9. I LOVE split pea soup. I think the short rib base sounds wonderful. I've only used a ham bone because that's the way my mom made it. John would love hot dog addition :)

    Soup season is the best!

  10. Hot Dogs in split pea soup is a new one for me - but if it's a Grandma recipe is must be super!
    I've tried to make it but never seen to match the taste of the best split pea soup I have ever had which was at the Westin on Michigan Ave in Chicago...perfection!

  11. It looks delicious! I have never made pea soup..... yet! :)

  12. I love that recipe, I especially love the hot dogs in it. So warm and wonderful, old fashioned and filling, what could be better, Thank you for sharing the recipe...I will sure be back

  13. Carol, I didn't know you used short ribs too ... or do you? I bought the split peas last week and plan on tossing in a few dogs. I usually cut up a slice of ham, but I've wanted to try your method since you first mentioned it.

    Marsha, is there any difference in taste between the green and yellow?


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