When I was a child, I knew that whenever we had ham for a holiday or special occasion, we would enjoy split pea soup the next day.
After carving the meat, my grandma would save the ham bone, reserving some meat for the soup. Since I figured out that I am not able to eat ham, I forgot about this tradition once I moved out on my own.
Once, I did find a whole nitrate-free ham at the supermarket that I was able to eat. Hopefully, I will find it again for the next Easter season.
This recipe for pea soup uses chicken instead of ham as its base. It offers a different taste than grandma’s pea soup, but it is still delicious. If you are a vegetarian, you can omit the chicken and substitute vegetable broth instead.
For a presentation that will impress your guests, try serving this soup in individual bread bowls.
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