Soup weather

My husband is an excellent cook although he doesn’t cook often.  One of his specialties is soup.  He made this split pea soup yesterday and it will hit the spot after paddle tennis tonight.  We still have Smithfield ham from Christmas but you can use any country ham.  Because the ham is so salty, we don’t add any salt to it.

Split pea soup

  • 1 pound dried green split peas
  • 2 qts chicken stock (we had made more so we used 1/2 homemade and 1/2 storebought)
  • 8 oz Smithfield or country ham, cut in pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • 2 onions, halved
  • 4 whole cloves

Combine peas, stock, ham, garlic and herbs in a stock pot.   Pierce each onion half with a clove and add.  Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat to low.  Simmer, partially covered for about 2 hours.  Taste soup and season as needed. NOTE: Since the Smithfield ham is salty, it does not need any salt – if you are using a different kind of ham, you may want to add salt.  Puree in a blender and serve.


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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