Split Personality Pea Soup

31 Jan

For Christmas Eve dinner, we had a spiral ham. Delicious and traditional, it was a good meal.

However, since there are only 6 people in my entire family, we had some leftovers.

Ok. A lot of leftovers. Freezer bag after freezer bag of ham.

That being said, a month later I’m still trying to get creative on how to use said leftovers. A lot of ham and cheese quiche, of course. But I also came across this Split Pea Soup recipe from a Real Simple cookbook. I gave it a whirl with some really good results.

Split Pea Soup, c/o Real Simple

Ingredients

Ham (the recipe called for a ham hock, but I just chopped up some of the ham we had into bite sized pieces)

2 32 oz boxes of Chicken Broth

1 lb Green Split Peas

2 Large Carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 tsp dried Thyme

Kosher Salt & Pepper

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a large pot or Dutch oven (I made mine in a Crock Pot).

Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.

Stir periodically – this will help break down the split peas and create the thick soup base. Cook for 3 – 3 1/2 hours.

Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving.

Tip: You’ll find split peas most often in the Greek food section of the grocery store.

Any other suggestions on what to do with the ham? Ham Lollipops? Green Eggs and Ham? A variation of the KFC Double-Down but with ham as the outer portions?

One Response to “Split Personality Pea Soup”

  1. Jackie January 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I am one of the few who hates peas but LOVES split pea soup. This recipe looks delicious! I wonder if I can make it the lazy man’s way…in the crock pot!

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