This recipe takes advantage of a leftover. Never discard the bone of a bone-in ham without making soup!
serves8 to 12
prep time30 Min
cook time2 Hr
ham bone with some of the meat still attached. the bone from a smoked pork butt (picnic ham) is particularly good for this purpose.
1 or 2 medium
2 or 3 medium
carrots, scrubbed and sliced
6 to 12
2 or 3 medium
new potatoes, grated
baby potatoes or an equivalent amount of quartered larger potatoes
dried split peas, rinsed and picked clean
salt or to taste
How To Make
After rinsing the split peas, cover with water and let soak. The is most easily done with the peas in a colander set in a large bowl of water.
Put the ham bone, onions, carrots, and whole peppercorns in a large stock pot. Cover all with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 1 hour.
Remove the bone from the pot. Grate the potatoes while the bone is cooling. Put both types of potatoes in the pot.
Drain the split peas and add them to the pot. Simmer until both the potatoes and the peas are soft.
Meanwhile, cut any ham off the bone and add it to the soup while it continues to simmer. Discard the bone and any fat or cartilage.
When the peas and whole potatoes are soft, blend some of the soup to thicken. Try not to catch any of the whole potatoes in the blender.
Taste and add salt as needed. Serve hot. Great with crumbled rich crackers (e.g. Ritz or Townhouse) crumbled on top.
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