Usually, the only time we have ham is around the Holidays but if I’m out shopping and I find one on sale I grab it. I will stock up on ham if I find it $ .99 cents a pound or less. Ham is so versatile and you can literally get 3 or 4 meals out of a ham depending on the size of your family. My favorite thing to do is to make Crock Pot Split Pea Soup with the leftover ham bone.
How many things can you make out of leftover ham:
There are so many things you can make out of leftover ham besides Crock Pot Split Pea Soup with the leftover ham bone. Ham and scalloped potatoes are a favorite. Sometimes I actually get my mandoline out and slice my own potato’s and make it from scratch. Other times I’m not feeling as motivated and I will just use a couple of boxes of the pre-made. If you have rice and carrots and peas you can dice everything up and make fried rice. Make a ham scramble out of diced ham, eggs, and hash browns. Ham sandwiches, ham salad, ham, and potato soup.
Here’s a soup where I just threw in what I had in the pantry and fridge. Chicken Stock, white navy beans from a can, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, and pasta shells. I was literally winging it with this one but it turned out good,
Here’s how to make Crock Pot Split Pea Soup with the Leftover Ham Bone
If you have carved all the meat off the bone then you are good to go. If there is still a lot of meat left on the bone cut that off, you can save it for something else or put it in the soup. Start this in the crock pot first thing in the morning. You want it to be able to cook on low all day to get all the flavors out of the bone. You also want the split peas and vegetables to be perfectly done,
Ham bone and juices if there are any
1 lb green split peas
1 diced onion
4 stalks of celery diced
4-5 medium diced carrots
Salt and pepper to taste
Put the ham bone in the crock pot, add the diced onion, celery, carrots, and split peas or lentils. Fill the pot with water (or chicken stock for more flavor) leaving an inch left at the top. Set on low and cook for 8 hours. We have another article Ways to Use a Ham that has more ideas for using up leftover ham.
You have to serve bread with it, originally I just bought a loaf of bread but now I make my Simple 3 ingredient no-knead dutch oven bread. That bread is literally the best bread to have with Crock Pot Split Pea Soup with the leftover ham bone.
The bread costs me less than $ .40 cents to make and the entire meal was only a few dollars after using the meat for other meals. This is a very budget friendly meal and so good for you. This definitely fits into our category of a $5 meal.