Split Pea Soup combines onions, celery, potatoes and ham into a smooth creamy split pea base that is lightly seasoned. This delicious soup is best simmered with ham hocks but a ham bone will work as well.
My family just loves this Split Pea Soup. Hubby just can not get enough of it! Yummy!
Is there a better way to embrace fall than with a big pot of soup? Heck no! Soup just makes everyone feel all warm and cozy inside and out. We eat soup year round but for you cool weather soup eaters the cooler nights are starting to come in. This easy delectable Split Pea Soup recipe is a cinch to make however it does require a couple of hours simmer time so the split peas and ham hocks can get tender.
Do you have to soak split peas?
It is true that soaking split peas shortens the cooking time however split peas cook relatively fast. In contrast simmering split peas that have not been soaked it take about 1-2 hours to cook. Soaked split peas are cooked in about 45 minutes. Split peas that have not been soaked are perfect for soup as it gives the split peas time to mingle with the other flavors.
What cuts of ham are best for Split Pea Soup?
Smoked ham hocks are by far the best cut. They simmer in the broth with the split peas before adding the carrots, celery and potatoes therefore they give the soup a huge kick of smokey ham flavor. However you can also attain a good smokey ham flavor with a ham bone or ham steak with a bone in it.
How do you make Split Pea Soup?
In a large stockpot or dutch oven over medium heat melt butter. First of all add the onion and cook until slightly softened. Add the garlic, marjoram, thyme and pepper and cook for one minute. Next add the chicken broth, split peas, ham hocks and bay leaves. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours . Add the carrots, celery and potatoes and cover and simmer until the split peas, ham hocks and potatoes are tender. Remove ham hock and working with a fork pull meat from bones. Discard skin and bones and return pulled ham to pot.
It is just that easy to have a delicious hearty wholesome meal that everyone can enjoy. Even my picky son loves this soup!
This delicious soup is easy, delicious and dependable. Put the ingredients for this cozy meal on your list today and leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
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- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups split peas
- 2-3 ham hocks
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 3 carrots chopped
- 2 medium red potatoes diced
- In a large stockpot or dutch oven over medium heat melt butter. Add the onion and cook until slightly softened; approximately 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, marjoram, thyme and pepper; cook for one minute. Add chicken broth, split peas and ham hocks; cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
- Add celery, carrots and red potatoes. Cook until the vegetables are soft.
- Remove ham hock and working with a fork pull meat from bones. Discard skin and bones and return pulled ham to pot. Warm for five minutes.