Smoky Ham and Split Pea Soup

 
yield8 portions

Potatoes contribute starchiness and silky thickness, while sweet carrots and salty ham balance out the peas' light, earthy flavor. Leftovers fare well in the freezer, so say hello to your new favorite make-ahead soup. Garnish with parsley and additional pepper, if desired.

What you will need

1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed and drained

1 1/2 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potatoes

5 garlic cloves, chopped

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped peeled carrot

1 large bay leaf

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 pounds smoked ham hocks

6 cups water

1/2 cup light sour cream

(Nutritional facts 59 calories, 1.55 g fat, 6.48 g carbohydrates, 5.22 g protein, 13 mg cholesterol, 334 mg sodium)

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