Hearty Homestyle Split Pea Soup is filling and satisfying. Split pea soup wasn’t one of my favorites until I married my husband. He loves this stuff! So I decided I had to improve this “not so attractive” soup, and after many pots. I can say love it too.
Split pea soup is a great way to use leftover ham. It’s also a great reason to buy some ham!!
I have made this soup with many types of leftover ham: honey ham, spiral ham, raw, baked ham, and even leftover lunchmeat. No need to be picky; they will all work.
I include lots of fresh vegetables in this hearty version and a fair amount of ham. But feel free to make changes, as long as you don’t change the broth. That is the secret ingredient in this soup!
My husband suggested I use chicken broth as part of the liquid in our recipe. I took his advice, and we loved the finished product.
Try these quick & easy no-rise dinner rolls with your soup…you will be so glad you did!
To Make Hearty Homestyle Split, Pea Soup, You Will Need These Ingredients:
ham ~ any amount you like
I make a double batch, so we have quick meals in the freezer for busy nights or when I just don’t feel like cooking. Fast and easy dinners are the best!
I love this brand of split peas from the Palouse.
Hearty Homestyle Split Pea Soup
- 1 pkg. split peas 2 cups
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 2-3 cups water
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 3-4 carrots chopped or sliced
- 3-4 potatoes cubed
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 -1 tsp marjoram-leaves
- 1/2 -1 tsp thyme-leaves
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- any amount of ham desired- cubed
- In a large kettle add rinsed peas, broth, potatoes, salt, pepper, cayenne and bay leaves.
- In a large skillet add about 1/2 cup broth from the kettle and sauté garlic, onions, carrots, and celery for about 5 minutes. Add marjoram and thyme leaves and continue to sauté a couple more minutes. Add more broth from the kettle as needed.
- Add sautéed mixture to the kettle and mix well. Add ham. Cover and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir firmly to crush and blend softened peas. Some potatoes will break down as well. Soup will continue to thicken naturally on its own. I find sometimes the thickness varies, so add an extra cup of broth at the end if the soup is thicker than desired. Sometimes I need to and sometimes I don't.
- I make a double batch so we have plenty to put in the freezer too. Quick and easy dinners are the best!
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