My favorite kind of split pea soup is the kind I make from a real ham bone that’s still got some meat left on it. If you haven’t made a ham in the past few days but want to make a version of this soup, go “trick-or-treating” for a hambone. Sometimes the butcher at your favorite meat shop or supermarket will have one they are willing to give you.
I’m using my traditional Split Pea Soup recipe that calls for a hambone. Find it below. But if you’d like to make a batch, and don’t want to go to the bother of obtaining or using a hambone, or prefer a meatless variety, find a version of this recipe that shows how to make it with meaty alternatives, or without any meat here.
Split Pea Soup by Easy Weekly Meals
· Enough Water to fill a Dutch oven to the 3/4 level
· Leftover Hambone with some Ham attached
· 16 oz Split Peas
· 1/2 Sweet Onion, minced
· 1 C Carrots, minced
· 2 cloves Garlic, minced
· 4 pieces Whole Grain Bread, toasted
· 2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
· 1 T Pure Clover Honey
· Garlic Powder to taste
· Olive Oil Cooking Spray
· Fill Dutch oven or stockpot to 3/4 mark with water and put on stovetop over high heat.
· Add hambone and bring to a boil.
· While water comes to the boil, rinse split peas in fine mesh strainer and add to pot.
· Add minced vegetables.
· When water boils, reduce it to a low simmer and cook covered for 3 hours, stirring often to prevent sticking to pot bottom.
· As soup cooks, toast bread.
· Use whisk to emulsify oil and honey in mixing bowl. Brush some onto each side of the toasted bread pieces, and then sprinkle them with garlic powder.
· Preheat oven to broil.
· Coat cookie sheet with cooking spray and lay toasted bread upon it. Put it on top oven rack, about 4” from cooking element. Broil to toast, about 1 minute per side.
· Remove toast from broiler and cut into 1” squares to make croutons.
· After 3 hours use slotted spoon to remove hambone and ham. Discard bone, any cartilage, and all fat.
· Chop meat and return it to pot.
· Turn heat up under pot and bring liquid back to a boil. Leave soup at a soft boil to allow it to cook down to desired thickness.
· Ladle finished soup into bowls, float croutons on top and serve.
Enjoy National Split Pea Soup Day the Easy way!
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