Split Pea, Ham, and Leek Soup

We added leeks to the classic ham and pea soup for this recipe. Serve it with crusty bread for a low-fat dinner.



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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
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Ingredients
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    3   tablespoons 
    olive oil
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    1   pound 
    leeks, white and pale-green parts only, chopped
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    2   
    carrots, chopped
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    celery rib, chopped
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    garlic cloves, finely chopped
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    1  1 1/2 - 2  pound 
    smoked ham hock
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    1  1  pound package 
    dried yellow split peas
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    bay leaf
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    3   sprigs 
    fresh thyme

Directions
1.
Heat oil in a 6-quart pot over moderate heat. Add leeks, carrots, and celery, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add 3 quarts water and remaining ingredients; simmer, loosely covered, until split peas are very tender, about 1 hour.
2.
Remove and discard bay leaf and thyme sprigs. Transfer ham hock to a cutting board. Puree soup in small batches in blender until smooth. Transfer to a clean pot. Remove skin and fat from ham hock. Pull meat from bone and shred into bite-size pieces. Add 3/4 of ham to soup and reheat over moderate heat, stirring occasionally; salt and pepper to taste.
3.
To serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish with remaining ham. Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 290, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 10, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 41, fiber (g) 4, pro. (g) 19, sodium (mg) 328, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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