Ham and Split Pea Soup Recipe - A Great Soup
With the slightly sweet, somewhat salty, and subtly smoky flavor of the ham, this hearty soup is the ideal fall or winter soup -- a great one for lunches, or as a starter for dinner.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 2tablespoons butter
- ½onion, diced
- 2ribs celery, diced
- 3cloves garlic, sliced
- 1pound ham, diced
- 1bay leaf
- 1pound dried split peas
- 1quart chicken stock
- 2½ cups water
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
Step 1Place the butter in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Stir in onion, celery, and sliced garlic. Cook slowly until the onions are translucent but not brown, 5 to 8 minutes.
Step 2Mix in ham, bay leaf, and split peas. Pour in chicken stock and water. Stir to combine, and simmer slowly until the peas are tender and the soup is thick, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Season with salt and black pepper to serve.