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Ham and Split Pea Soup with Potatoes

  • 1 smoked bone-in picnic ham (about 2 1/2lb)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2lb split peas - rinsed and picked through
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onion - chopped
  • 2 medium carrots - chopped
  • 2 medium stalks celery - chopped
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 med garlic cloves - minced
  • pinch granulated sugar
  • 5 potatoes - scrubbed and cut into medium dice (2 with split peas + 3 final heating)
  • ground black pepper
  • minced red onion (optional)
  • balsamic vinegar

Optional: Replace ham with 6 slices of bacon and 1 tsp fresh rosemary and some water with chicken broth

  1. Bring 3 quts water, ham, and bay leaves to boil in covered large soup pot. Reduce heat and simmer until meat is tender and pulls away from bone, 2 to 2 1/2 hr. Remove ham meat and bone from broth; add split peas, thyme, and 2 potatoes and simmer until peas are tender but not dissolved, about 45 min. When ham is cool enough shred meat into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Discard rind and bone.
  2. While peas are simmering, heat oil in large skillet until shimmering. Add onion, carrots, celery. Saute stirring frequently, until most of the liquid evaporates and vegetables begin to brown, 5-6 min. Reduce heat to medium low, add butter, garlic, and sugar. Cook vegetables, stirring frequently, until deeply browned, 20-25 min; set aside.
  3. Add sauteed vegetables, 3 potatoes, and shredded ham to soup; simmer until potatoes are tender and peas dissolve and thicken soup to consistency of light cream, about 20 min more. Season with ground black pepper. Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with red onion, if using, and serve passing balsamic vinegar separately.

Serves: 6      Total cook time: 3hr 30min
Source: Cook's Illustrated March 1999

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