This leftover ham and pea soup is the best way to use up extra Easter dinner. It is easy to make and delicious - there won't be any waste!
One of my favorite ways to use up leftover Ham is to make pea soup. It is so easy to make with a few kitchen staples, and tastes like it was much more difficult to make! Everyone loves it, and it is the best healthy dinner after a weekend of indulging.
What Do I Need to Make Leftover Ham and Pea Soup?
While the full recipe details are available below, here are some tips to think of while you gather your ingredients.
Ham: You will need leftover ham for this recipe. I recommend using leftovers from my easy glazed Easter ham. You will cut it into small cubes so that it is the right size for scooping in your soup!
Peas: For this recipe, you will use dry green split peas. Make sure you use dry split peas that have not been sitting in your pantry for over a year, because they will stay hard in your soup. Using old split peas won't make the smooth creamy texture that we all know and love split pea soup for!
Veggies: The veggies you will need include carrots, white onion, and garlic. The carrot adds the perfect sweetness to the soup, and the onion and garlic add the perfect depth to it. You will sauté your onion and garlic with the leftover ham. This softens the onions and makes it and the garlic extra fragrant. The ham will also get crispy on the edges which adds the perfect texture to this soup.
Broth: I generally prefer to use no salt added chicken broth in this recipe. Using no salt added broth is important, because it helps keep the sodium content of your soup down. I prefer to taste the soup at the end and add salt and pepper as needed just before serving. If you are not a fan of chicken broth, vegetable broth works too!
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