Split Pea Soup with Ham

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Before soup weather is officially gone (it seems like it already is in our neck of the woods-bring on Spring!!), I thought I would share the recipe for one of my favorite soups-Split Pea with Ham.   Split pea soup reminds me of my dad.  My mom was never really a soup person.  She was fine with it, but wasn’t as fond of it as I always was and never really choose to have it as a meal.  I remember my dad heating up cans of split pea soup to have for lunch.  If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I would have tried this variety. 

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While soup from a can is quick, and good in a pinch, homemade soups are almost always better.  This soup comes together quickly,  is creamy and hearty, and is a great way to warm up a chilly day. 

Plus it only contains 6 ingredients!

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You’re right…this picture only has 5 things in it.  I can’t get anything past you!   I forgot the cream (or you can use milk) for the picture, but just imagine it is there.  You’ll also need some water, oil, salt and pepper, but I don’t count those as ingredients, per se, because they are in almost everyone’s kitchen.

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A little chopping, a little sautéing and a little simmering and you wind up with this gorgeous, tasty green soup.

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Split Pea Soup with Ham

makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz ham, diced
  • 1 lb dried green split peas
  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream (or half and half or milk)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Sauté the onion and carrot until just beginning to soften, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the ham and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Check your split peas and remove any debris or deformed peas.  Add the good peas to the pot.
  4. Stir in the vegetable broth and water.  Bring soup to a boil and reduce to a low simmer.
  5. Simmer soup for 45 minutes, or until peas are soft and soup has thickened.
  6. Turn off the heat and stir in your cream (or milk).  Use more for a creamier, richer soup.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

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