Hearty Split Pea & Ham Soup

 

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Last week was one of those weeks.

A slightly frenzied, up and down, going in circles until I was dizzy kind of week — discombobulated…

Thankfully, the side effects didn’t last long.

Have you had a week like that recently?

One you might compare to a roller coaster ride that zips off before you can catch your breath…

Then, before you can open your eyes, get your bearings, figure it out… the ride jolts to a sudden stop leaving you with a sigh and windblown hair.

And you survived.

Maybe even smiled because it wasn’t all bad.  

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That was my week.

One big roller coaster ride ending with messy hair, an awkward smile…

…and God’s grace.

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And so with grace and wind-blown hair I made soup.

A delicious pot of simmering, hearty split pea and ham.

One of my favorites — especially this time of year.

I hope you like it, too!

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Hearty Split Pea & Ham Soup

olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1/4 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp black pepper or 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 – 16 oz bag of dried green split peas
1 – 8 oz package of diced ham, or 2 cups of leftover cooked ham, chopped
1 – 49 oz can of chicken broth
Extra chicken base or bouillon (optional)

Drizzle olive oil across the bottom of large dutch oven or stock pot and saute onions, carrots and celery on high for about 3 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder and continue sauteing for two minutes. Add 1 cup of broth, stir to mix then add potatoes and contents of chicken broth and package of dried split peas. Cover with lid and bring to boil then turn heat to medium and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  While soup is simmering, remove packaged ham from the refrigerator and allow to rest on a plate (avoid adding cold ham to hot soup). After peas are cooked and tender, add in ham, stir to mix and simmer another 15 minutes. Taste for flavor and add more garlic powder or small amount of chicken base or bouillon if needed.

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