Friday, March 9, 2012

Foodie Friday- Warming up with Split Pea & Ham Soup

 The other morning we woke up to this, 6 inches of white fluff after a night of blowing snow at almost whiteout conditions. Two days prior the temps had been at 66 degrees, sheesh! I just happened to bring a bag of split peas to my mother-in-laws', already knowing that it would cool down for a day or two, so I was able to satisfy my hankering for split pea and ham soup. We had an over abundance of ham left over from the funeral, and gave away as much as possible, fed the troops with more, and still had a bit to use up. I waited a week as I didn't want us to suffer from ham overload, we already have enough hams in our family.

Here's a recipe I created from browsing other recipes and reaching into my memory bank of watching my mom and stepmom, both excellent cooks. I had to make a substitution or two as my mother-in-law doesn't keep much in the way of herbs and spices around. It's easy and quick to get started. I must say, this came out sooooo yummy and is the perfect comfort food on a cold and stormy day. Serve with crusty french bread, fresh fruit and you have a meal to live for!


2 cups dried split peas, sorted and rinsed
1 ham bone, if available
2 cups diced ham - use good quality ham, not the cheap stuff
1 medium onion, diced
2 large peeled and coin sliced carrots, quartering the larger coins
3 stalks of celery, diced
2-3 tablespoons of EVOO or extra virgin olive oil
1 quart chicken stock + 1 quart water
1 teaspoon each thyme, tarragon or mint, lemon pepper
1 bay leaf
2 dashes cayenne pepper  and a dash of seasoning salt if needed 

In a large soup pot over medium heat add olive oil and veggies, cook until tender. Add ham and bone and cook for 5 minutes more. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a simmer and let soup bubble gently until the peas break down, about an hour or so. The soup should be somewhat thick when stirred, but not gloppy, yes that's a word. :-) Taste to see if you need any seasonings, and serve with warm bread and fresh fruit. Serves 6-8. Enjoy!


  1. THAT looks sooo good, but it's been in the 80's here in Virginia. And girl, you KEEP that snow! It does look pretty, though.

  2. Okay, rub it in Kathie, sheesh;-). We are having warmer tempts though and soon will be dancing in the tulips. :-)