Certainly not the sexiest or the trendiest of soups, pea and ham soup is GOOD!!! I don’t need on-trend food but I definitely crave wholesome, filling, easy & affordable. Plus this is a great way to use the leftover ham bone that has been lurking in the freezer. Ham, split peas, veggies & broth. That’s it. Somehow, those ingredients come together to make a soup that is…perfection. Truly.
The recipe is as simple as throwing everything all into one pot and letting it cook for a couple of hours. There are fewer soups that require so little effort for such huge rewards. And it freezes beautifully to be heated up for lunch or a lazy dinner in the days or weeks to come.
If you don’t have a ham bone, think about buying a ham. There are so many meals you can make from a half leg of ham & if it’s not holiday season, often they’re a little cheaper. The holidays are usually when we consume ham but try adding it to soups, salads, frittatas, stews, veggie sides at any time throughout the year.
Soups are a great way to get more veggies & fiber into your diet. They’re filling & satisfying & like this soup, they’re affordable. Wait – satisfying, affordable, easy to make & nutritious…you know what that equals??? NO EXCUSE TO EAT CRAP! Keep giving it your all & stick with it. Until next time, toodles xo.
- 3 cups diced carrots
- 2 cups diced onions
- 2 cups diced celery
- 1 medium rutabaga (swede), peeled & diced
- 2 parsnips, peeled & diced
- 10 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb (453g) package split peas, rinsed
- 1 smoked ham bone
- 2 1/2 quarts (2.5 litres) chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 cups diced off-the-bone ham
- salt, a pinch to taste
- sour cream, to serve if desired
- Combine carrot, onion, celery, rutabaga, parsnip, garlic, split peas, ham bone, stock and pepper in a large pot. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, for 2 to hours, stirring occasionally, or until soup is thickened and peas are cooked.
- Remove ham bone from soup. Remove any meat from bone, chop and add to soup; discard bone. Add diced ham. Stir 5 minutes or until hot. Spoon soup into bowls. Top with a dollop of sour cream if desired.