Spring Pea Soup with Frizzled Ham

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cups frozen peas (from 2, 10-oz. packages)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 4 thin slices of reduced sodium Black Forest ham
  • 1 cup croutons
  • salt and pepper (optional, to taste)

1. Warm 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add peas, broth and 1 cup water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until peas are very soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Working in batches if necessary, puree soup in a blender and return to saucepan. Stir in half-and-half and season generously with salt and pepper. Keep warm over medium-low heat.
2. Warm remaining oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat until hot. Sauté ham in batches until browned and curled around the edges, turning once, about 1 minute total. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
3. Ladle soup into bowls. Tear ham into bite-size pieces and add some to each bowl. Scatter croutons over soup and serve immediately.

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spring-pea-soup-frizzled-ham-50400000122337/