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hearty ham and pea soup

Recipe by
Tammy T
Mesa, AZ

This is not your usual Ham and Pea Soup. The ingredients together makes a flavorful and hearty soup. I made this because I can never find ham hocks or ham bones but I had leftover ham. So I used bacon instead and it doesn't over power it but gives the soup the added flavor I was looking for. I added the croutons for more texture and flavor and makes it just a bit hardier. Enjoy!

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For hearty ham and pea soup

  • 1 lb
    dry split peas (soaked over night)
  • 1/4 lb
  • 1/2
    medium onion (diced)
  • 1
    celery stalk (diced)
  • 1 c
    carrots (peeled and diced small)
  • 1
    potato (peeled and diced small)
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 6 c
    chicken broth
  • 2 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    fresh thyme
  • 1 c
    cooked ham (i use leftover ham)
  • 1 pkg
    butter and garlic croutons

How To Make hearty ham and pea soup

  • 1
    In a large pot, fry the bacon and when cooked pull the bacon out and save, leaving the bacon grease in the pot.
  • 2
    To the bacon grease add the onions and celery and cook until soft. 4 to 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Add the carrots , potatoes , chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil then turn stove down to simmer uncovered.
  • 4
    Add the thyme, salt , pepper and garlic and simmer 40 minutes. Add the ham for the last 20 minutes.
  • 5
    After the 40 minutes take a potato masher and mash at the bottom to mash some of the cooked peas to thicken.
  • 6
    To serve I add croutons and crumbled bacon to each bowl and salt and pepper to taste.