Split Pea and Ham Soup!
By: Kecia’s Flavor Breakthrough!
It took me a really long time to get up the nerve to try split pea soup again after not liking it when I was a kid. I use to get soup all the time at this little restaurant close to where I worked, the owner used to make the best soups. One day she had split pea and ham and I got brave and tried it. Oh my, was it sooo good! So I decided I would like to try to make it at home. I am glad I did, we love it!
- 2 tbsp. Olive oil
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. Dried tarragon
- 1 tsp,. Dried savory
- 1 tsp. Dried marjoram
- 1 one pound bag, split green peas
- 1 cup diced ham, I am using smoked pork chops
- 4 cups of chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbs. Sodium free chicken Herbox
Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the carrots, celery and onion. Cook until onion is slightly translucent, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the balance of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. I like to cook the soup down until the peas start to break apart, rather than blending it. This gives it a little texture while making it thick and creamy. So, really cook it until this starts to happen. Adjust the seasonings if needed. Serve with some warm crusty bread.