This is one of my favourite soups! Thick, rich and hearty, it goes a long way to filling me up on a cold winter day. I know my neice Karissa shares my sentiment and I keep making it with the idea of putting some away for her, but it gets eaten every time! I will have to make a batch just for her and put it in my freezer until I see her again.
Ham & Split Pea Soup
- 1 ham bone (with some meat left on it)
- 10 cups water
- 2 medium onion, diced
- 6 stalks celery, diced
- 6 carrots, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups split peas
- 2 cups diced ham
In a large stock pot, bring water, ham bone, 1 onion, 2 stalks celery, 2 carrots and 2 cloves of garlic to a boil and turn down to low heat. Simmer for 5-6 hours. Remove the ham bone, pick off remaining meat and strain the mixture, discarding vegetables already in stock (they will be mushy by now and will affect the soup texture, but add great flavour).
Saute remaining vegetables in the stock pot and return strained stock to the pot, adding the split peas and ham. Simmer until peas are softened, about 1 1/2 hours.