Since my family lives pretty far away from me, we ended up spending Thanksgiving with some neighbors. The best part about a joint Thanksgiving dinner - we get to share making all the food. I ended up bringing a Costco ham, Dutch Green Beans, corn, and a Chocolate Cheesecake.
Of course since we had so much food for only 10 people, I had lots of leftovers. Since I made the ham, that meant that I needed to find something to do with it. There are only so many ham sandwiches you can make with the leftovers!
I decided to use the ham in my Dutch Split Pea Soup recipe. Normally, I buy pre-diced ham, but this was so much better!
Dutch Split Pea Soup Recipe
- 10 cups Broth or Water (I like to use about half and half to add flavor without bringing up the cost too much)
- 2 pkgs. Green Split Peas (12 oz. each)
- 1 bunch Leeks, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 2 potatoes, chopped
- 1 tsp. Celery Salt
- 1 tsp. Mrs. Dash
- ½ tsp. Paprika
- ¼ tsp. Pepper
- 1 pkg. Knorr Leek Soup Mix
- 1 cup Water
- Leftover Ham (or 1 pkg. ham chunks if you don't have leftovers)
Place peas and 10 cups of water or broth in a large pot. Cover and simmer on med-low for 1 ½ hours. Add the chopped leeks, carrots, potatoes, and spices and cook covered for 2 more hours. Dissolve the Leek Soup Mix in 1 cup of cold water and add to the soup along with the ham chunks. Let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes and serve!