Split Pea with Ham soup recipes ... or any Ham soup recipes?
Easter is coming up and ... two people and a ham ... that can be a year long commitment.
So even though I don't USUALLY cook, this is the time of year I make split pea soup.
I know it is early for Easter, but the heirloom bean place in my area is a bit of a drive, so I need to plan a bit early.
So what great recipes do you have for split pea soup ... yellow peas or green peas? Mix?
What about other ham soup recipes. I can get any bean at this place ... ANY bean. They do mail order, so the link is below if anyone is interested. Click on a bean on the web site, it sprouts.
Thanks. As I don't read this board often, if there are any links, I'd appreciate it.
Heavens, I live next door to some roosters. It was charming at first, but that crowing is just starting to grate. It is going on and on as I type this. Any rooster soup recipes (just joking ... sort of).
My grandma makes the best split pea soup w/ ham. Unfortunately, I don't have the recipe but the Cook's Illustrated one in The Best Recipe seems to be what she does. It calls for a picnic shoulder of ham which is what she swears by, so you get those nice tender big chunks of ham in your soup. A paraphrase:
A 2 1/2 lb. smoked bone in picnic shoulder ham
4 bay leaves
1 lb. split peas
1 t dried thyme
2 T evoo
2 onions chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
1 T butter
2 garlic cloves minced
a pinch of sugar
3 small potatoes, diced
Put ham, 3 qts water and bay leaves in covered pot and bring to boil. Turn to simmer and cook about 2 hours. Remove meat from bone and set aside to cool. Add peas and thyme to pot and continue cooking on low for about 45 minutes. Saute veggies in oil about 5 minutes. Lower heat and add butter garlic and sugar. Cook another half hour and set aside. Add veggies, potatoes and shredded ham to soup and cook until thick. Season w/ pepper.
All our friends & family donate their ham bones to me just so I make them this split pea soup. Hope you enjoy!!
SPLIT PEA SOUP
1 lb. split peas
1 ham bone
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
32 oz. low-sodium chicken broth
6 cups water
3 T. parsley
3 carrots, chopped
3 bay leaves
½ t. white pepper
Rinse peas in cold water. Combine all ingredients and simmer over medium heat for 2-3 hours, stirring frequently and adding water if it becomes too thick. Remove ham bone and bay leaves before serving.
I make cabbage and ham soup. Just saute chopped onion in some butter, then add about a half a medium head of shredded cabbage and chicken stock to cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes and throw in cubed ham, salt and pepper and adjust the liquid/vegetable ratio. You can add carrots and/or potatoes too when you add the cabbage if you like. It's very hearty and satisfying.