Split Pea Soup
Easter has become one of my favorite holidays to host since becoming a mom! Coloring Easter Eggs, Egg Hunts, and my favorite the start of the warm Spring Weather! This Easter was different than many years before, but we made the best of it! My husband has been begging me to make a ham for a while, but without being able to have the family gatherings and he is the only one who eats ham, I waited! Easter, I finally caved and made a ham! Hams are big, and now we have a ton of leftovers! I am sure you guess what is the best way to use up those ham leftovers! Split Pea Soup!
What do you need?
16 oz package of Green Split Peas (Rinsed and Drained)
1 leftover Ham Bone (more meat on the bone, the better! more meat ='s more flavor)
1 large onion finely diced
1 large carrot finely diced
3 large celery stalks chopped
2 tablespoons of oil
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
6 cups of water
1 teaspoon of marjoram
1-2 lbs of diced ham (your preference)
Start by adding onion, celery, and oil to the dutch oven on medium heat. Stir and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
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Add water, ham bone, salt, pepper, and peas to the dutch oven. Bring the soup to a boil. Allow soup to boil over medium heat for an hour. This helps enhance the flavor of your soup and cook your peas as well. Stir once every ten minutes.
Add the remainder of the seasonings and stir. Bring the heat down to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
If you like your soup creamy, you can use an immersion blender* or allow the soup to cool and use a countertop blender. This will bring blend your soup to a rich and creamy texture! My hubby prefers the creamy thick texture! I enjoy it, either way, if you do not have a blender, it still tastes amazing and can be enjoyed either way!
I noticed while blending my soup, it was a little too thick, I added a 1/4 cup of water to thin out the soup.
Once your soup is all blended, time to add that delicious ham! Stir in, cook for 3 to 5 minutes to warm up the ham! Enjoy & Serve :)
Tips: Peas soak up a lot of water, if the soup is getting too thick for you, add a 1/4 cup of water at a time. This will help thin out the soup.
Ham is salty, be careful adding salt, taste test!
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