Monday, January 6, 2014

Ham & Split Pea Vegetable Soup

Not much better than a comforting pot of soup when one wakes up and it looks like this outside the window...
  So, using a meaty ham bone I tossed into a freezer bag while cleaning up after Christmas dinner, I began by making stock.
 The bone was still frozen when I placed it into a pot with coarsely chopped veggies.
 Bring to a boil,
lower heat, cover and simmer two hours
Allow to cool, strain broth, pour into containers and refrigerate (or freeze if using later)

Ham Stock
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large ham bone, preferable with some meat still attached
8+ cups water to almost cover
2 large carrot, sliced into large chunks
2 large onion, quartered
4 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 bay leaf
5-10 peppercorns
No need to add salt

Directions:

Gently simmer ham bone with carrot, celery, onion, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, and water in a large pot for 2 hours. Let cool and strain, pulling off usable meat and discarding the solids.

Now, on to the soup...

I love traditional split Pea soup but hoping to appease John's dislike of that green goodness, I made a soup using just 1 cup of dried split peas and lots of vegetables with some pasta thrown in for good measure. Basically, I used what was in the crisper drawer.  

Ham & Split Pea Vegetable Soup

Note:  remove the solidified fat from the top of the cold ham broth.  Discard or set aside for making bird suet that I will share in my next post.

10 cups Ham stock
1 cup dry split peas
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
1 cup small pasta like shells or elbow
ham pieces cut from ham bone (if desired)
Parsley for garnish (optional)

In a large Dutch oven, bring the ham stock and peas to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer about an hour.

Add tomatoes, carrots, onion, bell pepper and cabbage; simmer, covered, 20 minutes.

Add pasta, simmer, covered 10 minutes more

Adjust seasonings, if desired
After shoveling snow, serve a nice bowlful by the fireplace...
 with a good friend

20 comments:

Debbie said...

YUM YUM YUM...LOVE split pea soup, and I haven't had any in a good long while. Sounds soo good right now even if it is nice and warm here in California, lol Enjoy your day!

podso said...

This is a nice adaption of pea soup. A great idea to turn it into veggie soup… it looks delicious and just the thing for a snow day!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds like my kind of soup! One thing for sure, I'll be adding cabbage to mine the next time! Stay warm:@)

Snap said...

Looks and sounds yummy!

Adrienne said...

That sounds so good! I may try it soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
~Adrienne~

Debbie Petras said...

My husband and I love split pea soup and this one looks so good. It's on my list now! You take the best photos Lorraine.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Pondside said...

We love ham but we agree that the soup from the ham bone is the best part! Have you ever tried making yellow pea soup? It's very good too.

Barbara F. said...

I love split pea soup with ham. I am amazed at how many people really dislike peas in general. I love them! Always did! Looks so delicious, Lorraine. Stay warm! xo

Maryann said...

I love split pea soup (actually had a bowl for lunch). I also have family that are not big fans so I may try your vegetable version. Looks like the next couple of days are going to be soup kind of days!

Blackberry Lane said...

Looks delicious, especially on this cold/windy day. Love the look on Raider's face...so sweet. Thanks for the recipe.

Dimple said...

Sounds yummy to me.

I love the shot of your orchids defying the snow!

lindsey said...

I havent done much blogging for a few weeks and thought I would just visit a few of my favourites :)That soup looks wonderful and the pound cake equally as tasty. Your snow looks pretty, we havent had any so far this year just LOTS of rain and storms. Some parts of the UK are under water with people needing to be taken to stay elsewhere. Lets hope the sunshine arrives soon. Have a great day!

Just a little something from Judy said...

This soup is made just like my mother always made. She would be so proud of you that you still make soup the old fashion way, and I must admit, with the cold temps here, that looks like the perfect lunch or dinner! You made split pea soup look better than I have ever seen it look!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I immediately thought of soup for the Artic's arrival in the Midwest and and made a huge pot for my family to keep us warm.

I love split pea soup with ham but never thought of putting pasta in it. I love the idea! And made with ham stock must make the flavor wonderful.

Nancy's Notes said...

I was not hungry and now I am! What a delicious looking bowl of soup! The kind that I like, how perfect!

Nice to see you again, I've been away and glad I'm back~

Nancy

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Perfect comfort food.

Susan said...

Looks delish, LDH. Just delish. Susan

Sarah Norris said...

Great minds think alike! This is exactly what was on our table tonight and for the same reason. Buffalo provided the blizzard, my Bob provided the shoveling and I was happy to provide a warm bowl of soup for this hungry man!

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nancycreative.com said...

The soup looks and sounds great-perfect for this cold weather!

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