I use leftover ham bones and ham (you can also use smoked ham hocks) Put in a large stock pot with 1 medium size onion, 2 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon peppercorn, 2 smashed cloves of garlic, leftover ham stock and/ or 1 box chicken stock. Add enough water to just cover ham bones. Simmer for aound 3 hours. Remove ham bones, ham etc. Let that cool. Add 1 bag split peas (i like yellow) 1/2 grated carrot to 6 cups stock (add more water if needed) and cook. remove ham from bones and add back to soup. You can add more water or chicken stock if soup is too thick. about 1/2 hour before serving stir in 1 – 2 tablespoons of ketchup. I cube day old bread and brown those in butter to serve with the soup. It’s not quick, but it’s tasty!
❤ Mary Heinz