The first time I had pea soup I was in elementary school and terrified. PEAS?! GREEN SOUP?! It sounded awful…
One bite later and I ran home beggin my mom to make pea soup because I LOVED IT! Even my dad, an avid pea hater enjoyed pea soup.
Here is our family version of a pea soup cooked with a ham bone for all that added flavor. I love to save my holiday ham bone specifically for this every year!
…add some cheese if you dare! I love a good pea soup with cheesy goodness!
Hame Bone Pea Soup
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 cup Carrots, chopped
- 1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
- 4 Cloves Garlic, diced
- 4 cup Water
- 4 cup Broth of preference (I used Veggie Broth)
- 1 Ham Bone (Leftover holiday ham? Freeze the bone and save it for this soup!)
- 16 oz Dried Peas
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
- In large Dutch oven or pot sauté chopped onions and carrots in olive oil for 3-5 minutes.
- Add diced Garlic cloves to Dutch oven and sauté for one minute.
- Add peas, water, broth, ham bone, and seasonings and bring to a boil.
- Bring to a boil and simmer on low for one hour or until peas break apart when stirred. (For a thinner soup add more water and stir until desired texture is reached)
- Remove ham bone and stir! Peas should easily break apart and soup should become creamy as you stir. (Optional: Blend half of soup mixture in high speed blender for a thinner soupy texture. I prefer pea soup to be thick and chunky so I like it without blending).
- If you wanna get a little adventurous try topping off your pea soup with cheese! Its soooooo worth the dairy. Enjoy!