I was looking for a way to use a ham bone when I came across the concept of a split pea soup. I am sure that I have had split pea soup before but the fact that I do not remember seems to indicate that it did not impress me all that much. The soup was pretty easy to make though it did take a few hours of simmering. I am not sure what I was expecting but I got a really amazing soup! I had a second bowl as soon as I finished the first. Simmering the soup with the ham bone imparted the great ham flavour directly into the soup. I also enjoyed the flavour of the split peas themselves. The frozen peas that I had added worked really well in the soup adding contrasting flavour and texture. I garnished the split pea soup with some ham and chopped parsley.
After I made the split pea soup I came across this post which mentions using the ham bone to make ham stock. I had not even though about a ham stock but it sounds pretty good. I now know what I will be doing with my next ham bone.
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion (chopped)
2 carrots (chopped)
2 stalks celery (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 pound dried split peas
5 cups ham broth or chicken broth or chicken stock
1 ham bone
3 bay leaves
1 sprig rosemary
1 spring thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen peas
* ham (chopped)
* parsley (chopped)
1. Heat the oil in a large stock pot.
2. Add the onions, carrots, celery and saute until tender.
3. Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes.
4. Add the dried split peas, stock, ham bone, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme and red pepper flakes.
5. Simmer covered for 2 hours.
6. Add the frozen peas and turn off the heat.
7. Remove the ham bone, bay leaves, rosemary sprig and thyme sprig from the soup.
8. Garnish with ham and parsley.
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