~* Homemade Split Pea Soup*~
Here is another one of my homemade soup recipes that you can cook up and enjoy during those snowy afternoons/evenings! I hope you enjoy my homemade split pea soup recipe! (It’s another one of my favorites from my childhood 😉 )
- 1 bag of split peas (you can find them in the dry foods section of the grocery store, usually near the beans)
- 4-6 cups water
- 2 – 3 carrots chopped (about a half of a bag of baby carrots work just as well)
- 1- 2 potatoes diced into cubes (preferably w/out skins)
- 1/4 chopped onion
- 1 lb cooked ham chopped into small “chunks” (I like using the leftovers from our Christmas ham!)
- salt and pepper to taste
Preparation and Cooking:
- Add split peas to a soup pot filled with 4-6 cups of hot water. **Follow directions given on the split peas packaging. The kind I used today had me cook the peas in the water at a medium temperature for 20-30 minutes. Some brands ask you to soak the peas in the water for a period of time before cooking them.
- After the peas are cooked, dump the peas into a strainer in order to drain out the water. Then return peas to pot.
- Add 4-6 cups of fresh water to the pot of peas (this can be done now, or you can add the water after all of the ingredients are added to the peas. I like to wait until after all of the ingredients are added that way I can make sure I don’t have too “watery” of a soup base. I like my pea soup to be on the thicker side.)
- Add carrots, onion, potatoes, and ham pieces to the peas. Add salt and/or pepper to taste.
- Add more water if needed. I make sure there is enough water in the pot to cover all of the ingredients. This assures that the potatoes and carrots and onions will be cooked thoroughly.
- Bring soup to a boil. Then, stirring occasionally, cover and cook for 1-2 hours until peas break down and make a nice, creamy broth, and the carrots and potatoes are soft.
- Remove from heat and let sit covered for a minute or 2 so the broth gets a chance to thicken a little more.
- Serve as a meal or as a side. I enjoy mine with a few slices of buttered bread!! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this recipe. This soup, along with many others, is one my mother used to make for my brother and I on winter afternoons when we were growing up. This is also a good recipe to cook up in a crock pot! Enjoy!!