For Thanksgiving we go to my mom's house. We always have the traditional turkey and stuffing, but ham is also on the menu for this holiday. At the end of the day I was asked if I would like to take the ham bone home with me. I was thrilled and replied "I would love to".
I love making soup with a ham bone. There is something about the flavor of the salty taste of ham with beans or split peas. Plus the fact that I never buy a ham with a bone in makes this a real treat.
Usually I make a bean soup with the ham bone, using navy beans; but this year it was a yummy split pea soup. Normally I don't make split pea, because I am the only one in our home that will eat it, but Mike wanted to give it a try. I guess my blog is rubbing off on him as well; he is willing to try a few new things too.
I have been taking this soup for my lunch at work and I have to say that it has been a real treat. The split pea is one of my favorite comfort foods. At work I can't wait for the lunch hour to roll around so that I can eat my soup. As for Mike he tried one bite and that is about it. He did say that he liked it, but maybe he just didn't want to hurt my feelings.
The split peas with the salty ham, plus a few vegetables make this soup so perfect. Maybe I will have to start buying a bone in ham, so that I can make this more than once a year.
***Note: Next week I am off on a little vacation, so I will not be able to post while I am gone. But I will be back the following week.***
Split Pea Soup (Adapted from Joy of Cooking cookbook)
Combine in a soup pot:
A small ham bone
2 cups green split peas, rinsed and picked over
8 cups of cold water
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
1 large carrot, diced
1 large celery rib, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves,
1 bay leaf
Simmer until the peas are tender, about 1 hour more. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and remove the ham bone. Discard the bone; dice the meat. Return it to the soup. For a thicker soup, simmer to the desired consistency. Remove bay leaf before serving.