If your house is anything like mine, there is always left over ham. But let’s face it, its not the prime cuts of ham. It’s hacked at, but it still has goodness left.  And so, we make pea soup! It’s not the most appealing meal to look at…..but its damn delicious! Even the picky teenage boy in the house will yum a bowl or 2 down.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Ham hock; I had one after making my Cola Glazed Ham
  • 1  lb package of dried split green peas
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 can of beef broth
  • Small bag of baby carrots

Before cooking your peas, it’s important to examine and sort out anything that may not be a pea.  After you have examined your peas, rinse with cold water in a strainer.

Then I cut off any fat or hard glazed area on ham.  I like to take most of the outer flavor off so it won’t alter the soup flavor.
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Next, add everything to a large stock pot. Cover your pot with a lid, but allow for steam to escape. Bring to a boil.

Once your soup comes to a boil lower your flame. Simmer so your soup bubbles, but not rapidly. And stir..stir…stir….peas will stick once the soup begins to thicken!

Simmer for about an hour.  After an hour, your ham should be falling apart.  Remove your ham hock and shred.  Be careful…it’s hot! If it’s too hot you can wait for it to cool some before you shred the meat.

Return shredded meat to your pot and simmer until its reduced by 2 inches and you have reach desired thickness.  I like mine on the thick side so I tend to simmer it for another 30 minutes.

Once it’s cooked until perfection, serve alone or with a side of your favorite bread or roll.

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Also…notice there is no salt added to this recipe?  You probably won’t need any. Between the ham and the broth there should already be plenty 🙂

All the ingredients used in this recipe I bought at my favorite store, Aldi’s!!  They are so super affordable and I’m finding so many versatile uses for what they sell!

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