Mom's favorite Split Pea Soup
  • Cooking Time: 120
  • Servings: 10-12
  • Preparation Time: 45
  • 1 lb green split peas
  • 2 qts filtered water
  • 1/4 c unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions diced
  • 2 medium ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 T roasted garlic
  • 4 c homemade chicken stock
  • 1/2 lb honeybaked ham
  • Honeybaked hambone
  • 1/4 c minced parsley
  • 2 c half and half
  • salt, pepper, and tabasco to taste
  • additional ham for garnish
  1. Sort peas and rinse, then soak in 2 qts filtered water overnight
  2. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat
  3. Add onions and saute until translucent, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, add roasted garlic
  4. Add celery and carrots and cook another 10 minutes
  5. Drain peas, add to pan
  6. Stir in stock and bring to a boil
  7. Add ham and hambone and parsley
  8. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until peas are very tender, about 90 minutes
  9. Remove ham and hambone from soup
  10. When cool enough, remove ham from hambone and dice
  11. Use immersion blender to puree about half of the soup
  12. Return ham to soup, stir in half and half and heat thoroughly
  13. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and tabasco
  14. Garnish with julienned ham
I'm convinced that the secret to this is the ham bone - it has to be a honeybaked. Something about the flavor in it just doesn't have any equal. This is one of my mom's absolute favorite soups