JEFF’S TIPs: If you want a slightly thinner soup, add another cup of broth in Step 4.
You can use some of the meat from the ham hock for garnish, if desired.
If you have leftovers, you can always save them in the fridge or even in the freezer, but note that the soup will get very thick as it cools—almost like a paste. This is because the peas continue to absorb the broth even after cooking. Once reheated, it will become soup-like again, but to achieve this, you’ll have to add some more broth of your choice while reheating and mix well to thin it out a bit. Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup of broth for each 1 cup of leftover soup you heat up.