Split Pea Soup

Submitted by: Marc Goldstein
Classic split pea with plenty of smoked ham flavor. A much simpler cooking option is to dump all the prepared ingredients into a crock pot/slow cooker for 8-10 hours. Using a package of Trader Joe's Mirepoix also helps reduce prep time.

Serves: 6-8
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners

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Dietary guidance: n g d 

Tags: soup · side · appetizer ·

Ingredients

1 package (16 ounces) dry green split peas
1 ham bone or ham hock
1 cup diced cooked ham
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 cup diced potato
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery

Method

Place peas in a large pot; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse peas, discarding liquid.

Return peas to pot. Add 2-1/2 qts. Water, ham bone, ham, onion, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Remove the ham bone; when cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone. Discard bone; dice meat and return to soup. Add carrots, potatoes and celery. Simmer, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes or until soup reaches desired thickness and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.

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