2 Ingredient Crockpot Ham and Split Pea Soup
With Easter now behind us many are wondering what to do with that little bit of leftover spiral ham? I have a super easy recipe that only use two ingredients to make that leftover ham into a wonderful split pea soup that taste so good even if it isn’t the prettiest soup on this site it is the simplest. So simple you could have the kids make it, really.
Now you know I love using the crockpot in general and in this recipe we are going to use it to turn that leftover spiral ham and bone into the stock we will cook our split peas in that accounts for the slightly olive drab color but in that dull paint is a wonderfully sweet and savory mounds of gold waiting for us. You’ll use the crockpot to cook that ham off its bone and create the base stock for the soup and assuming you glazed your ham with something sweet it will impart that sweet glazed ham flavor into the soup.
I love spiral cut hams they have little fat so I am paying just for meat not a lot of fat a lesser ham will not work so good for this recipe to much fat and not enough meat and sweet. The slow cooking of the ham and bone will make the ham fall of the bone then in the morning just use a slotted spoon or similar utensil to remove the bone pieces. Then simply add the soaked peas after a quick rinse and let them cook until they will basically just dissolve in the stock and stir and that is pretty much it – it is pretty much fool proof. Now resist the temptation to spice this it is one of those dishes that simplicity works don’t mess with it.
- 1 leftover from Easter spiral ham and juices
- 1 pound split peas
- Pepper to taste (optional)
- Take the spiral ham what's left over from Easter dinner (preferable with a bone) and its juice glazed is best and place it into the crockpot and fill with water to cover almost to the top, cover and set on low to cook overnight.
- Rinse and pick through a one pound bag of split peas remove any foreign material and place in a large glass bowl and cover the peas with cold water and fill the bowl and let soak overnight.
- Remove bone pieces should be about 6 to 8 pieces depending on the ham.
- In the mooring rinse the peas and place in the crockpot uncovered on high and top of the water if necessary and allow to cook for four to five hours until peas dissolve in liquid when stirred.
- Serve with pepper to taste if using this will be a somewhat sweet and savory soup serve hot.
Although not the prettiest soup at the ball it is probably the easiest, in a good way. I know it has a funky color and isn’t the most attractive pea soup but it is delicious and so easy to make so it will give you a day off after all that time spent in the kitchen Sunday. It is mostly done in the crockpot and it is so easy anyone can make this and make it taste good because there are not a lot of ingredients to mess up on only two, really!
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