Soup's On, And It's a Classic
This is so easy to make. Save ham bones from Christmas or Easter, wrap well and stick in the freezer.
Easy Split Pea Soup with Ham
Prep: 20 minites
Cook time: 1 hr.
Total: 1 hr. 20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
12 ounces dried split peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 carrots peeled and diced into 1/4” cubes
1/2 cup onion chopped
2 stalks celery diced
1 leftover ham bone, ham removed and cut into bite sized pieces reserving 1 1/2 cups to add later
4 sprigs thyme leaves tied with kitchen string
1 bay leaf
8 cups cool water - or more if soup gets too thick
salt and pepper to taste
In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, and celery. Saute for five minutes until vegetables are tender.
Add the ham bone, peas, water, thyme and bay leaf. Stir and cover. Heat to a boil and reduce heat to medium low.
Simmer for one hour or until peas have broken apart and soup is thick. In a blender or with an impulsion mixer puree 1/2 of the soup. Remove ham bone and discard. Stir in diced ham and heat through.
Season with salt and pepper. Serve.