split pea & ham soup

I made this again last night and loved it so much I had to repost it!  Winter is almost over…  so I am getting my fill of soups while I can!

And nothing beats a steaming bowl of split pea soup and a big chunk of sourdough bread!

split pea & ham soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 large ham hock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 6-8 cups water
  • salt & pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 pound ham, diced
  • 1 pound split peas

Directions

In a large stockpot, saute the onions, carrots and celery in olive oil until they begin to brown. Season with salt & pepper. Add the garlic and saute for a few seconds. Add in the ham hock, bay leaves, potatoes, stock and water.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 2-3 hours. Remove the ham hock, shred the meat and return it to the pot. Taste the broth and season with salt & pepper and red pepper flakes.

Add the split peas and the chopped ham and simmer - uncovered - about 1 hour, until the peas are dissolved and the soup is thickened. Remove the bay leaves, and serve with crusty warm bread!

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