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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.
Split Pea Soup
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 3/4 pound ham chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups water
- 4 cups broth
- 1/4 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 slow cooker. 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.
Approximate Nutrition Info
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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.