This weekend we got hit with a downpour, and the rainy days left me in the mood for soup. I had a bag of split peas in the pantry, as well as a bit of leftover Easter ham in the freezer. Put 'em together and it was a perfect tummy-warming treat. Flamenco Dad had some for lunch today, and the first words out of his mouth were "Hell yea!" Appropriate.
Split Pea Soup
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
2 Tbs. garlic, minced
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 lb. dried split peas, rinsed and picked over
1 cup diced ham
10 cups water
1 Tbs. dried thyme leaves
salt, as needed
pepper, as neededHeat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion, carrot, and garlic, and sweat until onion appears transclucent. Add dried thyme leaves and stir for a minute. Add the ham, peas, and water. Bring ingredients to a boil, then lower heat, cover, and simmer for about an hour. Add pepper to taste, then salt as needed. Note that the ham may be omitted for vegetarian split pea soup.