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How To Make Homemade Split Pea Soup with a Ham Bone
A Warm Soup for Chilly Nights
Easy. Resourceful. Delicious!
"Split Pea Soup" gets a bad wrap in childhood - songs make fun of it and children everywhere turn up their noses at the very thought. But fill your home with the aroma of this easy to make and flavorful recipe just once and Split Pea Soup will warm the hearts - and stomachs - of those you love and feed everyday.
About Sorting Peas
The prep work needed for some dried vegetables can be a time consuming and daunting task, but don't fret - prepping split peas for this soup is a walk in the park! Sometimes pea-sized pebbles are included free with your pack of split peas, so sorting them by hand is necessary but only takes a few minutes.
- Open your pack of dried peas and pour them into a container.
- Pick up a handful at a time. Look them over well. Pick out and discard any rocks.
- Place the peas in a colander. Once you're finished sorting they'll be ready for rinsing!
- 1 package dried split peas
- 4 cups water
- 14 oz. chicken broth, (sub: 2 chicken bouillon cubes + 2c. water)
- 1 meaty ham bone
- 1/4 tsp. dried marjoram, crushed
- 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1-2 carrot(s), chopped
- 1-2 celery stalk(s), chopped
- Sort peas by hand and discard any rocks. Rinse and drain.
- If using bouillon in place of broth, add the additional 2 cups of water to a heavy soup pot, boil water, and dissolve bouillon cubes.
- Combine the 4c. water, chicken broth (if not using bouillon), rinsed peas, ham bone, marjoram, black pepper, and bay leaf in the shop pot.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Remove ham bone and allow to cool enough to be handled. Cut remaining meat off bone, chop coarsely, and return the meat to the pot. You may discard the bone now.
- Stir in onion, carrot(s), and celery.
- Return to a boil. Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes more until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Remove bay leaf and serve.
A Hearty Homemade Soup Awaits!
And with the alluring aroma of baked ham and cooked vegetables, the dinner bell practically rings itself. I like it hot. I hear some like it cold. Keep it warm in a crockpot to serve throughout the day...but I wouldn't let it reach 9 days old!