Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

HAM BONE SPLIT PEA SOUP

Split pea soup with ham is one of the easiest and most delicious, satisfying soups. A ham bone is essential for flavoring the broth.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 12 ounces dried split peas
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 3 carrots peeled and diced
  4. 1/2 cup onion chopped
  5. 2 stalks celery diced
  6. 1 leftover ham bone
  7. 4 sprigs thyme leaves tied with kitchen string
  8. 1 bay leaf
  9. 6 cups cool water - or more if soup gets too thick
  10. 1 1/2 cups ham pulled from the bone and shredded into bite sized pieces
  11. salt and pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, and celery. Saute for five minutes until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the ham bone, peas, water, thyme and bay leaf. Stir and cover. Heat to a boil and reduce heat to medium low.
  3. Simmer for one hour or until peas have broken apart and soup is thick. Remove ham bone and discard. Stir in diced ham and heat through.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
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