I love split pea soup- but who are we kidding? It's good because it tastes like ham! Let's call it what it is- Ham Soup.
I have tried many recipes and, so far, this is the best. It is good with ham hocks- but even better if you have a left over piece of spiral holiday ham! (and you usually have more meat too!)
1.25 lb split peas
2 ham hocks (or spiral ham core)
2 large onions (diced)
1-2 carrots chopped
3-4 leeks (sliced)
butter/oilive oil for frying
1-2 Tbsp chopped garlic
3 tsp dried Thyme, 2 tspn winter savory, 2-3 tspn sage
1.5 quarts light chicken stock
salt, pepper and cayenne
Put 2 quarts water in large pot with split peas and ham. bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer, cover, and let cook 2 hours until peas are soft. stir occasionally. Remove ham hocks and separate the meat from bone, cutting into small bits and re-add to pot.
Meanwhile, cook the leeks, onion and carrot in butter/oliveoil mixture until soft. add the dried spices and garlic and cook for 5 minutes more.
add this mixture to the big pot with chicken stock and return to a boil. Remove from heat and add salt, pepper and some cayenne.
enjoy with croutons!!!