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.
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!
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.