Split pea soup is a delicious recipe to make when you have leftover ham. It’s a great combination of flavors. Split peas are very nutritious, high in fiber, protein, iron, and magnesium.
My children happily finished their entire bowls of this soup the first time I served it, which is unusual around here. I use the slow cooker for this soup, but it can also be made on the stove by simmering on low for a few hours. You can add more leftover ham if you have it, and adjust the seasonings to taste.
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- ¾ pound ham, chopped into ½ inch cubes
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups water
- 4 cups broth
- ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 lb. dried split peas, rinsed just before adding them to the crock pot
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Cook the onions, celery, and carrots until just tender. Add the ham and cook for another minute.
- Transfer the vegetables and ham to a crock pot. Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 6 to 8 hours. The soup is done when the split peas are very tender.
- Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup with an immersion blender, leaving some chunks of ham and carrots. This recipe yields 12 cups of soup.
Split Pea Soup Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $7.16 to make, or $.90 per serving. Try this split pea soup for an easy, family-friendly dinner.