Split Pea and Ham Soup

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 01:30 Total Time 01:45 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon grass-fed butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces green split peas, sorted, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (leftover) hambone from Baked Ham (see note)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2-3 cups of water plus additional
  • 2 cups leftover ham, diced, plus any from hambone
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Additional Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat and add butter.
  2. Once hot, add onion, carrots, and celery and cook until beginning to soft, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, and all spices and saute for 1 minute more.
  4. Add peas, hambone, bay leaf, broth and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour. 
  5. Uncover and add diced ham and cook until desired consistency, stirring occasionally, about 30-45 minutes. If the soup is getting too thick, add more water as needed.
  6. Add apple cider vinegar, and additional salt and pepper. Remove the hambone and chop up any leftover meat and add to the pot. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you don’t have a leftover hambone replace all of the liquid with stock and use equivalent amount of smoked boneless ham steak.
  2. Want to make this vegetarian? Leave out the ham bone and ham and swap the stock out for a high quality vegetable stock, or better yet a homemade one!
  3. To make in the Instant Pot (Please note this version is a more pureed version than the stove top):
    1. In a 6 or 8 Quart Instant Pot press the saute function and add butter.
    2. Once hot, add onion, carrots, and celery and cook until beginning to soft, about 8-10 minutes.
    3. Add garlic, and all spices and saute for 1 minute more.
    4. Add spices, peas, hambone, bay leaf, broth and water (making sure it doesn't go above 1/2 way up the Instant Pot) and set to manual pressure for 20 minutes.
    5. Use the natural release function for 15 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure.
    6. Add apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
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