There is something about homemade Split Pea Soup. It just tastes so good. The critical ingredient is a ham bone when making the soup. It is the benefit of hosting and having ham for dinner. This soup has few ingredients but is full of flavor. I did remove most of the ham from the bone before adding it to the soup. I set it aside to add back to the soup for the final stage. I also blended the soup with my stick blender as I wanted it on the thicker side.
This soup tastes great the next day. It is a little thicker, but that is to be expected.
Split Pea Soup
16 oz dried split peas
8 cups water
1 ham bone
1 cup finely diced celery
1 onion, diced ( I used a large onion)
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 1/2 cup diced carrots
salt and pepper to taste
Combine peas through pepper in a large dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove ham bone from soup, remove any meat and dice. Add ham and carrots to soup. If you have any additional ham add that too. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove lid and simmer until thickened to your liking. Salt and pepper to taste.