The ham gives the soup some amazing flavor. Chris devoured this and even Bradley (who normally isn't crazy about peas) even ate a few spoonfuls of it. The longer it cooks, the thicker it gets; so if you want it on the thinner side don't cook it too long. Just make sure you simmer it for at least 30 minutes if you want a thick, hearty soup! That's truly the best way to eat it. Enjoy!
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 ham steak, cut into cubes
- 1 (20 oz.) package split peas
- 12 cups water
- 1 ham bone
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
Add split peas, water and ham bone to the pot. Raise heat. Cover and heat to boiling. Boil rapidly for 30 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper. Uncover and reduced heat to medium. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. The longer you cook it, the thicker it will get.
Serve as-is or use an immersion blender to make smooth.
Source: My Mom