Just a great old soup!
I make this soup at least once a year, using up a ham bone that we had for one of our holiday dinners. And, since this past Sunday was Easter, I just happen to have a beautiful ham bone waiting to be used to it's full potential.
This soup is a wonderful thick and hearty, main meal soup...just add some crackers or warm French bread to go with it, maybe even a grilled cheese sandwich, and you've got dinner on the table.
I love to make soups like this, then freeze the rest for another day or share with friends.
2 cups dried split peas (about 1 lb.)
2 quarts (8 cups) water
1 meaty ham bone
1 cup minced celery
1 cup minced carrots
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 sprig fresh parsley (or 1 tsp. dried)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 bay leaf (remember to take it out before serving, it's just for flavor)
salt to taste
Heat peas and water to boiling: boil gently 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.
Add remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until peas are very soft.
Remove bone; trim meat from bone and add to soup. If desire, thin with milk or water. Season to taste.
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