Mom’s Peas Soup with Ham is a family favourite. The smell of certain foods seem to trigger the memories of when you lived at home…and mom did the cooking. The smell of pea soup simmering in the pot brings back those memories for me. Coming home from school to the smell of pea soup cooking for dinner was so comforting, especially on cold winter days.
I was excited when we would have ham….because I knew that wonderful pea soup was soon to follow. Pea soup is pretty generic. There aren’t a lot of different methods to making it. Perhaps the choice of yellow or green peas, and a few variations as to certain spices/seasonings. Some people prefer to simmer it on the stove for hours, while others love to make it in the slow cooker.
I am cooking with the method that my mom used, which is pretty basic. Simple ingredients that create a wonderful rich and creamy smooth hearty pea soup with a touch of ham. The smell of this soup simmering on the stove is a true trigger to those childhood days when mom’s cooking was always best.
It all starts with the nice leftover ham bone. I know people will use just a piece of ham cut up, but the flavour that comes from using the actual bone is far superior.
I make my soup on the stove, so go ahead and pick your favourite soup pot.
Dice up one large onion. Add enough olive oil to the bottom of the pot to sauté the onion. Proceed to sauté the onion for about 5 minutes. Add diced carrots and sauté additional 5 minutes.
Next add the water and ham bone. Bring to a boil and skim off the foam that is created. This will take a few minutes for the foam to settle down.
To the pot add the peas, bay leaves and salt.
Bring this to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Soup should simmer for about 3 hours. The peas will be mushy and break apart easily when done.
Remove the pot from the stove. Take out the ham bone and bay leaves. Scrap any meat from the bone, shred with a fork and put aside.
Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Return the meat to the pot, reserving some for garnish.
And there you have it. Delicious homemade pea soup….and a house that smells wonderful. Serve with your choice of bread or buns. I served mine with Savoury Cheddar Onion Muffins.
So the next time you cook a ham…don’t throw out the bone…make PEA SOUP!!
Do you know what goes well with this delicious soup…. Savoury Cheddar Onion Muffins!!
Do you have a favourite method of making soup? Stove top or slow cooker? Leave a comment.
Mom's PEA Soup with HAM
- 1 ham bone
- 2 1/2 cups yellow split peas (rinsed)
- 3 carrots (diced)
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tsp salt
- 9 cups water
- 2 tbsp olive oil (for sautéing)
- Pick your favourite soup pot.
- Dice onion.
- Add enough olive oil to cover bottom of pot.
- Heat oil, and sauté onion for approximately 5 minutes.
- Add diced carrots and sauté additional 5 minutes.
- Add ham bone and water.
- Bring to a boil and skim off foam. Do this for about 5 minutes, or until foam no longer appears.
- Add peas, bay leaves and salt.
- Reduce to simmer, and simmer for approximately 3 hours.
- Soup will be done when peas are mushy and fall apart.
- Remove pot from stove.
- Remove ham bone and bay leaves from pot.
- Remove any meat from bone, shred with fork and put aside.
- Using immersion blender, puree soup till creamy and smooth.
- Return meat to the soup, reserving some for garnish.
- Serve with bread, buns or savoury muffins.
This is a wonderful way to use that leftover ham bone. Creates a mouth watering hearty soup…..and a house that smells wonderful.