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split pea soup with bacon & ham

Recipe by
Susan Bickta
Kutztown, PA

I get a craving for split pea soup at least once or twice every Winter. Well, it finally caught up to me and I decided to "throw a batch together". This is the "dump" recipe I just came up with, using some leftover ham and bacon. The buttery croutons I made for the garnish really finish off the soup.

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 2 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For split pea soup with bacon & ham

  • SOUP
  • 1 lb
    dry green split peas, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 qt
    container chicken stock
  • 2 can
    chicken broth (14.5 ounces)
  • 2 c
  • 2-4
    packets ham flavoring (from a 1.41 ounce box)
  • 1/2 tsp
    granulated garlic
  • 2
    bay leaves, dried (broken in half)
  • 1 sm
    onion, chopped
  • 1 sm
    carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb
    cooked, smoked ham, diced
  • 8 slice
    bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 2 dash
    granulated garlic
  • 2 slice
    white bread, cut into small cubes

How To Make split pea soup with bacon & ham

  • 1
    For the soup: In a 6-8 quart Dutch oven, combine the rinsed peas, chicken stock, chicken broth, water, ham flavoring, granulated garlic, bay leaves, onion and carrot.
  • 2
    Cook over medium high heat for 30 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil, stirring often.
  • 3
    Reduce heat and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring often, or until peas are tender and starting to break down.
  • 4
    Add the ham and bacon and cook an additional 1/2 hour. Serve each portion garnished with croutons, if desired.
  • 5
    To make the croutons: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the melted butter, granulated garlic and bread cubes in a bowl. Transfer to a medium size baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown, checking and stirring every 5 minutes.
  • 6
    NOTE: I like my soups thick and chunky. If you prefer a thinner consistency just add another can of chicken broth.