Every year after Easter, my Dad and I discuss who is getting the bone from the Easter spiral ham. I think I should always get it, just so I can make my split pea soup. My love of cooking comes from my Dad who is a fantastic cook. We both make a mean split pea soup. Luckily, my kids prefer mine, so much that my daughter asked for my recipe for her birthday meal.
This year I bought a ham with the sole intention of making her my soup. I love a meat that will yield more than one meal and a spiral ham is perfect. By buying my own ham, I totally avoided the Easter argument with my dad.
One of my secret ingredients to making bright green split pea soup is vitamin C it helps to keep the peas and carrots shining in their beautiful, bright color. I keep a bottle of vitamins C in my kitchen cupboard with my spices. Pair this soup with a crusty homemade rustic bread, croutons, and a little cheese . Your family will ask for more.
- 2 bags of dried split peas
- 2 onions diced
- 5 celery stalks diced
- 6-8 carrots (med size) peeled and diced
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- 1 ham bone Excess ham from ham, or package of diced ham
- 2 cans 64oz (big Cans) of chicken or veg table broth or 1 gallon of water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Start with a Mirepoix (carrots, celery, and onion). Season with salt. Sauté till onions celery are translucent. carrots, celery, onions
- Crush in the vitamin C and 1 teaspoon on cumin.
- Add Ham bone with 1 gallon of water or 2 large cans chicken /or vegetable broth. The broth adds a layer of taste.
- Then add the split peas. Bring to a boil and turn on low. Allow to simmer for 2 hours.
- Remove bone and any excess ham parts.
- Add brown sugar.
- Using a potato masher mash the peas, the carrots float so they will stay on top.
- Allow to cooking for another 1-2 hours rendering the soup to thick.
- Added reserved picked and diced ham to pot, warm up the ham and serve.
- Note: If soup is too thick add milk (do not boil) to thin out.
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