Mama's Split Pea Soup with Ham
4 Bags green split peas, picked over, rinsed and drained
1 large Ham Bone with a bit of meat left on it (or 2 ham hocks)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock
2 Cups water
2 Cups Cut Up Ham off the Bone
6 large carrots, roughly chopped
6 stalks celery, roughly chopped
2 large onions, roughly chopped
10 sprigs fresh parsley
1 Pinch of ground ginger
2 bay leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Wondra or Flour for thickening - if needed
Place Ham Bone or Ham Hocks in large stock pot with Chicken broth and water. On medium high heat, Simmer for approximately 15 minutes to release the flavors. Add Split Peas & cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally so peas don’t stick to bottom of pan, for about 1 hour. Add the rest of the ingredients & simmer on low/medium for about 2 more hours until soup becomes thick & veggies are tender. If soup is not thick enough, dissolve two tablespoons of Wondra or Flour in 1 Cup of cold water...stir & add to soup. Lastly, Add the 2 Cups of Ham, stir & let the ham warm through, approximately 15 minutes. Serve with a Fresh dinner salad! Enjoy & Stay Warm!
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