Split Pea Soup

Fall is the perfect time for making ham and split pea soup. Split pea soup is warm, creamy, and oh-so-filling! The next time you bake a ham, be sure to save the hambone so you can give this soup a try.

I have an abundance of hambones that are taking up precious space in the freezer. You see, for a while there, I was baking a ham every few weeks. I used all that ham to make ham and cheese sandwiches for the boys in my family.

We all know that when life hands you lemons, you’re supposed to make lemonade. But what do you do when life hands you a bunch of ham bones? I don’t know about you, but I make ham and split pea soup! 



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Ham and Split Pea Soup
split pea soup
Course Appetizers, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizers, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
split pea soup
Instructions
  1. Chop carrot, celery, onion, and garlic, then add to a 6 quart Dutch oven.
    chopped vegetables
  2. Add olive oil, and sauté until the vegetables are tender. Pick through the split peas, discarding any foreign matter, then wash thoroughly in a strainer. Add to the Dutch oven, along with the thyme, and bay leaves.
    ham and split pea soup
  3. Next, add the hambone, ham broth, water, and pepper. If you don't have any ham broth on hand, you can use chicken or vegetable broth instead.
    ham bone soup
  4. Yum, doesn't that look good?
    ham and split pea soup
  5. Bring the soup to a boil, then simmer, covered, for approximately one and a half hours. Ham tends to be very salty, which is why I omit salt from this recipe.
    split peas
  6. After the soup has cooked long enough, remove the hambone, and allow it to cool. Trim all the ham off the bone, and add to the soup. If you like the soup pureed, do so before adding the ham.
    ham soup
  7. Mr. Whiskers, and Rex, waiting for me to give them the fat I trimmed off the ham bone. Aren't they the cutest?
    dogs
  8. Lastly, stir the milk in, if using. The milk makes the soup taste less salty and creamier. This soup is great as is, or with crackers.
    split pea soup
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