Slow Simmered Split Pea and Ham Soup

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday was cold and rainy while today was 74 degrees and sunny. Since it was such a dreary day yesterday I made a batch of slow simmered split pea soup and a loaf of fresh baked bread (recipe to follow) along with my House salad. I was disappointed that the ham hock I used wasn’t very meaty so be sure to look at them carefully before buying them. Even though the soup didn’t have as much ham as we would have liked, it was still hearty and delicious.

Because peas are a natural product, they may sometimes have other stuff included. Pour the peas on a large plate and sift through them with your fingers to remove any foreign matter.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, & celery. Cook for 4-5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds before adding stock, split peas, ham hock, bay leaf and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cover and cook over low heat for at least 3-3 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Slowly break up the ham from the bone a little every time you stir the soup then remove any fat or bone from the ham hock along the way.

Make sure all fat and bone have been remove from the soup. Taste and re-season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Remove the bay leaf and ladle into bowls. Serve with salad and bread if desired. Enjoy. 

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Slow Simmered Split Pea and Ham Soup

Yield: 10

Cook Time: 3-3.5 hours

Ingredients:

1 lb of dried split peas
2 tsp olive oil
1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ham hock, extra fat remove from the outside of the hock
8 cups of chicken stock
1 bay leaf
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, & celery. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds before adding stock, split peas, ham hock, bay leaf and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cover and cook over low heat for at least 3-3 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Slowly break up the ham from the bone a little every time you stir the soup then remove any fat or bone from the ham hock along the way.

Make sure all fat and bone have been remove from the soup. Taste and re-season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Remove the bay leaf and ladle into bowls. Serve with salad and bread if desired. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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18 Responses to “Slow Simmered Split Pea and Ham Soup”

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 7, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

    Totally love the soup….such a lovely springy-green..and delicious too, Pam.

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    Louise — April 7, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

    Hi Pam,
    What a difference a day makes indeed. I sure could have used a big bowl of you Slow Simmered Peas Soup today. Yesterday we actually had a Spring like day (perhaps the second so far this season) and today, well, today it rained and rained nearly the entire day. All I wanted was a big bowl of soup. I came {this close} to making pea soup but, quite honestly, I was just too lazy! Now that I oogle yours, I sure wish I would NOT have been so lazy, lol…

    Thanks for sharing, Pam…I guess I’ll just have to dream of warmer weather and a bowl of simmering pea soup tonight:)

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — April 7, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    Pea and ham soup is one of my favourites … so tasty! Yours seems a bit daal-like with the split-peas … delicious!

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    Kris — April 7, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

    Hi Pam! Split Pea soup is one of our favorites in the winter time. Any time I have leftover ham, I know I need to make some pea soup, or white bean soup!!!
    After Easter, one or the other will be on the menu with leftovers! Hope Spring is finding you there in the Pacific Northwest soon!!
    Thanks for your sweet comment Pam!!!
    xo Kris

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    Kim in MD — April 8, 2014 @ 5:40 am

    Yesterday was a cold, dreary rainy day here in MD, too. This soup would have been the perfect warm, comforting meal. I’m going to make this before it gets too warm!

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    Lia — April 8, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Totally delicious and so comforting combination Pam.
    Cheers,
    Lia

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    Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier — April 8, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Yum! This soup looks amazing. I bet the slow simmering makes it so much better.

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    Rocky Mountain Woman — April 8, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    This soup looks just perfect to me. Split pea is one of my favorites. I always make it with the left over bone from Easter. This year, I’m going to try your version…

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    gloria — April 8, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

    I love peas soup and this lok really good Pam!

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    Marjie — April 8, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    I love pea soup, but my dearly beloved hates it, so I don’t get it often. Yours looks great.

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    Jovina Coughlin — April 8, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    One of my favorite soups. Your photo adds to the appeal.

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    Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen — April 8, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

    This soup looks wonderful! I’ve actually never made split pea soup before. Will have to add this recipe to my “to try” list. Have a great week!

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    leslie — April 8, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

    Yep..this is my favorite soup of a lllll times!

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    Blond Duck — April 8, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    Oh yum! This looks great!

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    Joanne — April 8, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    It got warm here today too!! FINALLY. I can still work some soup into my life though. Love this!

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    whatjessicabakednext — April 9, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    I love pea soup, so delicious! This looks perfectly warming and tasty!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — April 9, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    I’ve been in the mood for split pea soup lately and think the last time I made it homemade was helping my mom when I was little. I think it’s def time for me to give it another go. Yours looks so delicious! I totally eat soup regardless of the weather ;)

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    Chris — April 13, 2014 @ 6:09 am

    I love spit pea soup but have never been thrilled with the ones I have made at home. Pinned this one to try.

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