Ham and Split Pea Soup
Ham and Split Pea Soup is a delicious use of leftover holiday ham, and today I’m bringing you an easy and hearty soup that you can enjoy as a meal. Baked ham makes great leftover sandwiches, but when all the large slices are gone, and you get close to the bone, all that’s left are small pieces of ham meat. This is one of my favorite soups to use up all those bits.
Using the leftover ham bone
The leftover meaty ham bone from your Thanksgiving or Christmas ham holds a wealth of flavor, making this, in my opinion, the best split pea soup—it’s crafted just the way my mum used to make it.
This is a classic split pea soup recipe, and a delicious vegetarian version can be made by leaving out the ham. With the earthy flavor of bay leaves, onion, and vegetables, vegetarian split pea soup is just as delicious. Furthermore, if you prefer a smoother soup, it’s easy to blend or use an immersion blender to make it smooth because there is no ham.
If your ham is boneless, like a ham steak, for instance, you will still get a delicious soup. You don’t always have to use leftover ham to make this comforting soup. I’ve used ham steaks or a small boneless ham. To add extra smoky flavor, you could include a smoked ham hock or ham shank.
While you might think that split peas are just dried fresh peas, this is not the case. Green split peas come from field peas that are specifically grown to be dried.
It is not necessary, but soaking overnight will reduce cooking time.
Yes, it will be just as delicious, just a different color. There are many yellow varieties, and they all will work.
How to Make Ham and Split Pea Soup – In 6 Easy Steps
- Step 1 – Preheat the olive oil in a large pot or large Dutch oven over medium heat and soften the vegetables (onions, carrots, celery)
- Step 2– Add the ham
- Step 3 – Add the split peas
- Step 4– Mix in chicken stock, chicken broth or vegetable stock
- Step 5 – Add bay leaf
- Step 6 – Cover and simmer
Ham and Split Pea Soup in the Slow Cooker
This is one the best ‘set-it and forget-it’ slow cooker split pea soup recipes. You can add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours or until the peas have cooked.
Freezing Ham and Split Pea Soup
This Ham and Split Pea Soup freezes really well too and will keep well sealed for up to 3 months. I like to stock pile my freezer and I have a filling, hearty meal whenever I’m craving soup. Freeze in individual serving containers so thawing is easier and quicker this way, you’ll be to thaw as many portions as you need at the time.
- Some people like the soup thicker, some like it thinner. This is a personal choice so you will need adjust the liquid accordingly.
- You will need to be mindful of the sodium level. You’ll notice there is no added salt because there is salt in the ham, ham bone and the stock.
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