Thursday, January 2, 2014

Holiday Ham Happenings

What to do with the leftover ham from your holiday meal?  We have enjoyed a cheesy pasta and broccoli bake with cubed ham.  And ham sandwiches.  And our all time favorite, split pea soup.  My husband says he could have homemade soup once or twice a week.  I guess I make good soups.

Here is a "one and done" soup recipe - once you've got it all in the pot, you are done until it is time to eat!

Easy Peasy Split Pea Soup  (Serves about 6 bowls of soup)

1 ham bone with a good amount of leftover ham on it
1 bag of split peas, rinsed and drained
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, diced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
Olive oil

Sauté the onion, garlic and carrots in a little olive oil.  After rinsing the split peas, add them to a large stock pot with 6 to 8 cups of water and the ham bone.  Add the sautéed veggies to the split peas, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until peas become mushy and ham falls off the bone.  Remove the bone.  Cut up any ham chunks into bite sized pieces and return them to the soup.  Serve warm.

Recipe Notes:
  • The carrots lend a little natural sweetness to the soup.
  • Notice that you do not need to add any salt - you'll get plenty of that from the ham.
  • Kids can help with this recipe by rinsing the dried split peas and peeling the carrots.
  • Serve with a hearty-wheaty-grainy bread and enjoy!

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