Split Pea Soup by Simply Happy Foodie

olive oil, butter, onion, celery, bay leaf, thyme leaves, carrots, garlic, pepper, chicken or vegetable broth, green split peas, liquid smoke, kosher salt, bacon, ham hocks, leftover ham bone, leftover ham

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 28 min
Total Time: 58 min

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– 1 tbsp Olive Oil
– 2 tbsp Butter
– 1 Onion, diced
– 3 Stalks of Celery, diced
– 2 Bay Leaves
– 1/4 tsp Thyme Leaves, (dried)
– 3 Carrots, chopped
– 4 cloves Garlic, (pressed or finelyminced)
– 1/4 tsp Pepper
– 6 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth (low sodium (use only 5 cups for a thick soup, 7 cups for a thinner soup)
– 1 lb Green Split Peas, (rinsed and sorted (unsoaked)
– 1 tsp Liquid Smoke (Optional) (for vegetarian version)
– 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt (add last, after cooking, if needed) (1/4 tsp table salt)
– 6 slices Bacon (Optional), chopped
– 2 small Ham Hocks (Optional) (Not very meaty, but add a nice smoky flavor and richness)
– 1 Leftover Ham Bone (Optional)
– 2 – 3 cups Diced Leftover Ham (Optional)

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 28 min
Total Time: 58 min

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