I am not a fan of peas…at all. But for some strange reason, I LOVE split pea soup. Especially this recipe. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for it. This is my Dad’s recipe. It’s my favorite split pea soup!
It’s not a difficult recipe, but it is somewhat time consuming….2 hours of cook time. It’s so worth it though! It’s also very filling.
One serving is 2 cups and it’s only 2 SmartPoints! Two cups of soup is a hearty portion!
This is also a great recipe you can freeze. My kids don’t like this soup (maybe one day they will) so I always have leftovers. That works for me!
When I make it I usually have it for dinner, then I freeze the rest to have for lunch.
Ham and Split Pea Soup
Yield: 7 servings (Each serving is 2 cups, 2 SmartPoints/Flex per serving)
- 2 lbs. dried split peas
- 6 cups fat free chicken broth
- Ham bone or ham hock
- 2 cups water
- 1 bay leaf
- Small onion, chopped
- 2 ribs of celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 medium potatoes, chopped
- 2 cups ham, diced (I used Kroger brand which equaled 4 points)
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
- 1 t dried parsley
- 1 t dried basil
- 1 t Italian seasoning
- 2 t horseradish
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add chicken broth, water, dried split peas, ham bone or ham hock and bay leaf to a large pot. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for one hour.
- Remove ham bone. At this point, I usually add another cup of water since the peas absorb a lot of the liquid.
- Use a hand-held blender to create a smooth texture.
- Add the onions, celery, carrots, potatoes and ham. Also add the Worcestershire sauce, parsley, basil, Italian seasoning and horseradish.
- Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for one hour or until vegetables are cooked through.