Comforting Split Pea Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Total Time: 2 hours Servings: 6
A bowl of a good split pea soup is pure comfort food and a great way to enjoy that leftover ham bone!
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 6 cups ham broth or chicken broth or vegetable broth
- 1 pound split peas, picked over
- 1 ham bone
- 2 bay leaves
- salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
- Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the liquid, split peas, ham bone and bay leaves, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the spit peas are soft and just starting to fall apart, about 1-2 hours.
- Remove the ham bone and bay leaves, season with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste, mix in the mustard and lemon juice and optionally puree with hand blender to desired consistency.
For Slow Cooker: Optionally implement steps 1 & 2 and then place everything into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 3-5 hours.
Option: Add a parmesan rind to simmer in the soup and remove before serving.
Option: Add two cups diced ham at the end and cook for 5 more minutes.
Option: Add one cup fresh or frozen peas at the end and cook for 5 more minutes.
Option: Add 1 teaspoon smoked paprika.
Option: Serve garnished with grainy mustard, sour cream, paprika, ham, etc.
Option: For vegetarian use vegetable broth and omit the ham bone.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 388, Fat 6g (Saturated 1g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 7mg, Sodium 415mg, Carbs 59g (Fiber 20g, Sugars 12g), Protein 25g