Split pea soup topped with crispy ham

A perfect use for leftover ham

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Fridge full of leftover ham? Instead of yet another boring ham sandwich, why not use it in a creamy soup? This split pea soup is warm, cozy, healthy and so easy to make.

This large batch of soup is made with a ham hock and then topped with crispy ham pieces, so it's incredibly flavorful. Serve with crispy French bread for a hearty, comforting and cozy meal!

Split pea soup topped with crispy ham

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

Serves about 4

Split pea soup with crispy ham

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound green split peas (about 1/2 bag)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 well-rinsed ham hock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery leaves
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper

Directions: 

  1. In a large stockpot, add split peas, chicken broth, water, onion, celery, garlic, ham hock, celery leaves, oregano, basil and the bay leaf. Bring mixture to a simmer and cover with a lid, leaving a slight bit open to aerate. Let simmer for at least an hour or when peas are soft.
  2. Remove ham hock from the pot and set aside. Cut the meat off the bone and chop into bite-size pieces. Heat the olive oil over medium heat and add ham pieces. Cook until crispy. Remove from heat and let drain on a paper towel.
  3. Add the soup into a blender and pulse until thick and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour soup into a bowl and top with crispy ham pieces.

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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