It is fall and time for soups and stews! My favorite time of year. There is nothing more comforting than sitting on the back deck with jeans and a sweater with a bowl of delicious hot, hearty soup and a glass of wine. Perfection! Here is one of my favorite recipes for Split Pea Soup with Ham. This would be perfect if you have a ham bone left over from Sunday dinner.
I pkg dried split beans, rinsed and drained
1 ham bone with ham scraps attached
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 bag carrots, peeled and chopped
1 bag celery, peeled and chopped
4 red potatoes, peeled and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 bay leaves
1- Cover ham bone with water in large pot on stove pot, simmer on stove for approx. 3 hours until all meat has fallen off the bone and the air smells fragrant.
2- Strain broth into new pot. ***pick through saved straining*** for all meat and shred into bite size pieces and add to broth.
3- Add all remaining ingredients to broth and bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer for at least one hour or until potatoes are soft.
4- Remove 1/2 of the soup and place into a blender or food processer and blend until a smooth consistency and add back to pot. This will make your soup a thicker consistency.