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April 30, 2009

Double Split Pea and Ham Soup

Double Split Pea and Ham Soup

Many people like to add a ham bone to their Split Pea soup, so when I had some ham left over from Easter I thought it would be interesting to add some chopped ham to the soup to see how it would fare. Overall the addition of the ham gave the soup a nice flavor pop. Alexis loved this! This is not the same as the actual ham bone, but it gives you a nice flavor without as much of a fuss.

What You'll Need:
Extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4 ribs of celery, chopped
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 - 15 ounce package of green split peas
1/2 - 15 ounce package of yellow split peas
1 quart of broth (Note: You can use what ever type of broth you like, I used chicken.)
1 quart of water
2 cups of ham, chopped

Double Split Pea And Ham Soup: Ready for Broth

In a large pot over medium heat sauté onion, carrots and celery in a little olive oil with a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper until onions are tender. Add split peas and ham then cook for 1 to 2 minutes to toast the peas a bit.

Double Split Pea And Ham Soup: Cooking

Add broth and water then bring to a quick boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook covered for 20-30 minutes or until peas are tender and soup thickens. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Note: Leeks would be a good addition to this, as would chopped mushrooms. You could also leave out the ham entirely.

Posted by Dianne at April 30, 2009 12:58 PM

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The twins just told me the other day that they like peas. I didn't know and it's because I don't like peas. Sad but true if I didn't like it I wouldn't buy or make it. It wasn't until about 4 years ago that the kids started to demand that I make other (especially veggies) foods and meals for them. I actually eat and like all kinds of things I never did before because I make them for the kids. With all that said I know this is something they would really like but makes me go,ew, BUT I'm a better Mama and will give it a try. I actually have a ham bone in the freezer and some chopped up ham pieces.

Posted by: ingrid at April 30, 2009 4:19 PM

Alexis is a big fan of lima beans. I don't really care for them, but I've found I can tolerate them for her. It's amazing what we do for them isn't it? ;oP

Posted by: Dianne at April 30, 2009 4:51 PM

Wow, this dish looks so good, the combination of peas and the colors are just very tempting...not mentioning that it is healthy. Great pictures!

Posted by: Juliana at May 2, 2009 6:45 PM

Thanks! I was very pleased with how it came out and I thought the colors were nice too. It's nice to eat something with a little pizazz!

Posted by: Dianne at May 6, 2009 2:42 PM

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