ON THE NEXT wintery day, dive into a big bowl of “Lite & Lively Split Pea Soup” and don’t worry about the fat with this hearty recipe. Made with all the traditional ingredients, in much the same way it’s always been made, Kikkoman introduces an updated version of split pea soup that every soup lover can enjoy. Using the same basic ingredients, dried split peas, vegetables and ham, this soup substitutes the stock, usually made from a smoked ham hock or ham bone, with water. Then near the end of cooking, naturally brewed KIKKOMAN Lite Soy Sauce and diced ham are added to provide that rich, robust flavor.

It’s the addition of the soy sauce, and it must be naturally brewed to avoid the artificial taste, that makes the difference. KIKKOMAN Lite Soy Sauce adds a full-bodied richness that accentuates individual flavors and integrates them into just the right balance. KIKKOMAN Lite has a fully developed soy sauce flavor before the sodium is extracted. It provides just the right amount of saltiness as well as the touch of color .

Lite & Lively Split Pea Soup

1 cup dried split peas

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

3-1/2 cups water

1 bay leaf

2 garlic cloves, pressed

1/2 cup diced carrots

2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

4 slices low-fat cooked ham, diced

3 tablespoons KIKKOMAN Lite Soy Sauce

Hot pepper sauce, optional

Fresh Ground black pepper, optional

Soak peas overnight in enough water to cover; drain. Stir-fry onion and celery in hot oil in 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Add water, peas and bay leaf. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic, carrots and vinegar. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes longer, or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in ham and lite soy sauce. Discard bay leaf and season with pepper sauce and black pepper to taste. Serves: 4

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