Got vegetarians on the holiday dinner guest list? Homemade split pea soup is not only super cheap to make but it is a perfect soup to have on hand in case you have extra guests show up.
Last year, I was making green pea soup at least once every couple of weeks. I had a vegan in the house and this was about the only thing I could make that everyone would eat. After a few months, my husband started protesting about it not having any meat. Well you know what happened next. Here is a quick recipe with a little variation to include ham. Cheap, cheap.
Fresh Pea Soup
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 pound dried split peas
1 pound ham bone
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium sized pot, start by sauteing onions in oil or bacon grease. Add split peas and remove from heat. At this point you can add the ham bone or chopped ham. Cover ingredients with water then season with salt and pepper.
Cook then cover until there are no whole peas are left, approximately 2 hours. Check to see if water has evaporated while it is cooking. Add water if needed.
Now all peas should be soft and soupy, remove from heat. Soup will thicken.For a family of four, cost per person depends on if you buy ingredients on sale. But I would guess anywhere from .65-$1.50.