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SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH HAM

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SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH HAM
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To make this Great SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH HAM You’ll need the following ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1 cup diced celery (1/4-inch dice)
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt , to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper , plus additional to taste
  • cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 pound dried split peas , rinsed and sorted
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 large bay leaf (or 2 small)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves , chopped and quantity divided
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup diced ham (1/4-inch dice)
  • Buttery Garlic Croutons , for serving

Instructions

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter until foaming subsides. Add onion, carrot, celery, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook until vegetables are softened and just beginning to brown, 5-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until aromatic. Stir in split peas.
  • Add ham bone, bay leaf, and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme. Stir in chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for 60-90 minutes, stirring occasionally, until split peas are cooked down and soup is thickened to desired consistency. (Stir more frequently as the soup begins to thicken and add a little additional stock or water if it gets too thick for your tastes.)
  • Add diced ham during the last 15 minutes of cooking. When ready to serve, remove and discard ham bone and bay leaf, and stir in remaining 1 teaspoon fresh thyme. Season to taste with salt, if needed. Serve hot with croutons and cracked black pepper.

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