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Split Pea & Ham Soup

Split Pea Soup with Barley & Ham

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About 6-8 Servings

 

Ingredients:

½ pound of ham, cubed

 

Olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

1 medium onion

2 stalks of celery

1-2 carrots or large handful of baby carrots

 

1 heaping cup dry green split peas

1/3 heaping cup dry pearl barley

 

2-3 (14.5 ounce) cans of chicken or vegetable stock

 

Thyme, parsley, dill, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper

2 Bay leaves

 

Instructions:

To soften dried green split peas: Soak dry split peas in bowl with water, 24-48 hours prior to making soup.

 

To prepare soup: Clean and dice garlic, onion, and celery. In a large pot on medium heat, sauté vegetables in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once tender, add ¾ of the ham pieces, carrots, split peas, barley and spices. Cover with lid and let simmer on low heat for about 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Blend soup mixture in a blender or food processor. Return blended mixture to pot and add reserved ham pieces. Cook on low temperature for another 15 minutes, then serve.

 

Cooking Tips:

  • Honey Baked Ham leftovers are ideal for this soup. Save the leftovers and store in small bags and freeze. Then pull out a bag of ham when you want to make this soup.
  • Dried beans will not soften if you have hard water or if the peas are old. Be sure to purchase dried peas from a store that has high turnover. If you have hard water, soak peas in distilled water.