Annie’s Pea Soup with Ham & Vegetables
~Pea Soup with Ham & Vegetables~
I love homemade soup, and with college classes, work and photography~ life gets hectic. This pea soup is fairly quick and easy to make, and you can have a lovely, hot bowl of soup that is delicious with lots of flavor!
2 bags of dried, green peas
2 cups of cubed ham
1 large yellow onion, chopped
5 medium carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon, freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon freshly minced, lemon thyme
1 tablespoon dried shallots
1/2 teaspoon freshly, minced rosemary
1 small, whole bay leaf
Prepare dried peas: wash and pick through peas and rinse well. In a large dutch oven, or stock pot~ add peas and cover with at least 4 inches of water. Over medium heat, cook peas until the water reaches boiling, turn down heat and simmer peas for 20 minutes, or until soft (but not mushy). Once peas have reached this stage, drain peas and add to ham and vegetable stock pot.
In another large stock pot, add: ham, onions, carrots, celery, salt, pepper, lemon thyme, shallots, rosemary and bay leaf and 6 to 8 cups of water. Over medium heat cook ingredients until they reach boiling and immediately turn down heat to a simmer. When peas are add to the ham and vegetable mixture,add more water so the soup doesn’t stick to the bottom of the stockpot, or becomes too thick. Continue simmering and stirring often for 45 minutes, or until peas have disintegrated and soup is a smooth, lovely green.
Serve with a nice loaf of crusty, herb Italian or French bread with fresh butter and a salad on the side. You can add cooked, diced bacon for an additional layer of flavor. Enjoy!