Split Pea and Ham Soup

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.

Thanks for reading this post,

Shannon Vavich

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