This hearty, frugal soup is a mainstay at my house. It never fails to impress, which always is a surprise to me. How in the world can such humble ingredients combine to make something so delicious?
I suppose that’s the case with every good soup. I’m a big believer in the powers of a good soup.
You can piece together the base of this soup with a few scraps of leftover ham, a humble onion, and a bit of diced carrot. Add a bag of dried split peas, some chicken broth, water and a little salt, and you’re done!
Split Pea and Ham Soup
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1 medium carrot, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup diced ham
1 bag spit peas
1 32-oz carton chicken broth
8 cups water
Salt to taste
Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed 6 quart pan. Add the onion, carrot and ham. Stir almost constantly until onions are translucent. This smells amazing so brace yourself.
When the onion, carrots and ham are a little soft and deliciously mingled, add the dried peas and stir again.
It’s a confetti of colors.
Add a box of chicken broth and 8 cups of water. Simmer on low for about an hour. The peas will soften and the soup will thicken.
Salt to taste. Start with 1 teaspoon of salt and work your way up, tasting along the way.
For under $5 per huge batch, it’s on constant revolution at my house. My kids all love it – even the picky ones. Delicately sweet, peppered with smokey ham, and warming-to-the-toes. It’s a winner.
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