Split Pea Soup
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Split Pea Soup

Carrot, ham and split peas come together with chicken broth to make this flavorful, creamy soup. It is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.

Split Pea Soup

If you had told me a few years ago that I would love Split Pea Soup, I would have told you that you were crazy!  That might be because my only experience with split pea soup came out of a can at a babysitter’s house when I was a kid. It was flavorless and pasty and I don’t recommend it!  Now, I realize that canned soup has probably come a long way since then but I know for sure that a rich, creamy homemade Split Pea Soup is amazingly delicious!

Split Pea Soup

This soup seriously tastes like it has been simmering all day but it really cooks in less than an hour! Start by sauteeing diced carrots, celery, and onion in a bit of olive oil. After about 5 to 10 minutes, when the onion is translucent, add chicken stock, water and dried split peas. There is no need to presoak the split peas. Just make sure you sort through them because sometimes, you’ll find a shell or something in the bag. The split peas need to cook for about 35 minutes until they are nice and tender.  Add some chopped ham for the last 10 minutes or so.  That way, the ham can be heated with the soup. To get the smooth, creamy texture that I like in my pea soup, I use an immersion blender which really makes it easy to get the consistency that I like. You could also ladle the soup into a blender and puree to the consistency that you like and enjoy with some crackers or crusty bread.


Split Pea Soup
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Split Pea Soup

Carrot, ham and split peas come together with chicken broth to make this flavorful, creamy soup. It is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.

Ingredients

  • 5 carrots, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 celery stalks, diced (optional)
  • 1 onion, diced (about 1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 5 cups water
  • 16 oz bag split peas
  • 2 and 1/2 cups chopped ham

Instructions

  • Heat oil in large pan
  • Saute carrots, celery (optional) and onion 5 - 10 minutes until onion is translucent
  • Add chicken broth, water and split peas
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 35 minutes until peas are tender
  • Add ham for last 10 minutes of cooking
  • Puree soup in a blender or by using an immersion blender
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2 thoughts on “Split Pea Soup”

    1. In the past, I’ve used up to about a cup of the broth from the ham. I find the soup to be too salty if I use too much of it but, I suppose, that depends on the salt content of the ham.

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