Thursday, April 22, 2010

Split Pea Soup

"Stop!", I hollared at my mother in law. We were standing in her kitchen and she was about to toss out the ham bone. She froze in her tracks. "What in the world girl?", she reponsed. I told her I needed the ham bone, that I did not know for what purpose, but that I just knew they were not to be thrown out! She rolled her eyes, put it in the freezer, and went on with her business.

And, boy am I glad she did not toss that hambone. Cause they sure can add some flavor to soup!

Have a ham bone? Try making some split pea soup. Here we go~

What you need:
2 cups Green Split Peas
10 cups Water
6 carrots, cut
2 onions, diced
Celery, chopped very fine
1 teaspoon Dried Marjoram
1 teaspoon Dried Basil
1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, Chopped
2 teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

What to do:

I cooked mine in the crock pot. You can use a crock pot or a good sized pot.

1. Take you ham bone and plop it into the pot.
2. Wash your split peas and then toss them into the pot.

3. Dice up your carrots, onions, and celery. And, you guessed it...toss them into the pot.

4. Add TEN cups of water into the pot.

5. Add your spices. Really, you do need these. Try not to skimp on them.

Now, if you are cooking this in a pot on the stove let it come to a boil. Once it is boiling you can turn the stove down and simmer it on low heat for at least an hour. If it is too thick just add a bit more water and stir until it reaches the consitency that you like. If you are crock potting this meal, then let it cook on low for most of the day.

Before you serve this meal remove the ham bone and take any leftover ham off of it. It should just melt right off. This can be added back into the soup for an extra kick.


(Thanks to Tasty Kitchen for this recipe! I modified it by adding the ham bone. If you have not been out to Tasty Kitchen you are missing something good!)

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