Do inventory. This is the perfect time when you are stuck at home. You will be amazed at what you forgot is in the freezer. Maybe some chicken parts and a few steak bones for soup, or a package of stew meat. You get the picture. I found a ham bone from the holidays and a half package of split peas. (I keep my dried beans in the freezer as well as flour and nuts because I live in a hot climate)
Time to make soup.
Split-Pea and Ham Soup
This is my easy and uncomplicated version. It makes a delicious soup. Serve with some rye bread.
1 lb dried split peas
2 quarts cold water
1 meaty ham bone
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram or thyme
2 onions, chopped
3 stalks celery with tops, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3 medium parsnips, peeled and diced
1 potato, peeled and diced
In a large stockpot, combine all the ingredients. Cover, bring to boil and then simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Remove the bone to a plate and let cool. Cut off any meat still clinging to the bone. Dice the meat. Retrieve any pieces of meat that are floating in the soup and dice. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup. Return the diced meat to the stockpot and reheat the soup for serving.
March 25, 2020 at 8:23 am
I love the idea of adding parsnips to hearty soups like this. What does it do, add a subtle sweetness? Is that your homemade bread on the plate?
March 25, 2020 at 8:33 am
Anne, yes the parsnips add a bit of sweetness that balances the flavor of the dried beans. That is the rye bread I made and posted the recipe in Monday’s blog.
March 25, 2020 at 9:11 am
We’re getting to the end of a huge pot of pea and ham soup — such a comforting meal!
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March 25, 2020 at 11:23 am
Yum. I love split pea and ham soup. It looks and sounds tasty.
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