Split Pea Soup with Ham
Type: Soups and Stews
Split pea soup deserves a better reputation. Try this great recipe on your family today!
Serves: 6 cups
- 6 cups water or unsalted chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups dried green split peas, cleaned
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced
- 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced (include the leaves)
- 6 ounces ham, at least 97% lean, diced (about 1 1/8 cups)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon granules
- 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed fresh garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- Place all of the ingredients in a 3-quart pot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, or until the peas are soft and the liquid is thick.
- Remove the bay leaf from the soup, and discard. Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls, and serve hot.
Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright © 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.
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