By In The Kitchen with Stefano Faita 

When you have leftover baked ham, this simple split pea soup is hearty and satisfying


– 1 tbsp. olive oil
– 2 tbsp. butter
– 1 onion, diced
– 2 carrots, diced
– 2 celery ribs, diced
– 2 leeks, diced (white and light green parts only)
– 2 garlic cloves, chopped
– 2 cups yellow split peas, rinsed (about 1 pound package)
– 3 savory or thyme sprigs
– 1 bay leaf
– Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
– 1 leftover ham bone
– 2 cups diced ham
– 4 cups chicken stock, preferably unsalted or low sodium
– 4 to 6 cups water
– Salt, to taste, if needed
– Handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
– Extra virgin olive oil, for garnishing (optional)
– Parmesan Croutons or crusty bread, for serving


Heat the olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, leek and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Add split peas, savory, bay leaf, black pepper, ham bone, ham and stock. Add enough water to cover the ham bone. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until split peas are tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. If the soup is too thick, add some water or stock to loosen. Taste and season with salt, if needed.

Remove savory and bay leaf before serving. Stir in fresh parsley. If desired, serve with a drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and Parmesan Croutons or slices of crusty bread.

Yield: 8 servings

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