Sunday, February 20, 2011
French Split Pea Soup
I cannot emphasize enough throughout this post how easy this recipe is. After mixing all the ingredients together, as I've illustrated here, you just cook the soup on low for 8-10 hours. That timing is perfect if you have to be out of the house all day at school (or work) and the house will smell amazing when you get home. After letting it cook for that long, you just remove the bone from the pork chop (which will come off easy because the meat at this point is literally falling off the bone) and then break up any large chunks of meat so it's mixed throughout.
The recipe says that it serves 4 to 6 and I got exactly 6 servings out of it. In terms of cost, the two big items to purchase are the pork chops and the chicken stock--but the latter isn't really necessary because you can just use water. Either way, it's not an expensive meal. With the chicken stock included, it comes to about $2.48 per serving. Using water instead, it ends up only being about $1.65 per serving. Either way, add a big salad and maybe some bread and you have an affordable meal that will help stretch your stipend. In terms of calories, the soup isn't a big-calorie meal, so adding the salad and bread will give you a good dinner that won't pack on the pounds as you sit at your desk all day. With the chicken stock, it comes out to about 134 calories per serving; without, it's about 114 calories per serving. Not much either way and this is a recipe that I'd definitely make again!