Friday, January 28, 2011

Split Pea/Vegetable Soup - National Soup Month

1 lb. dried split peas (2 cups)
3 qts. water
1 meaty ham bone
2 tsp. salt*
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp marjoram leaves
1 1/2 c chopped onions
3/4 c. chopped carrots
3/4 chopped celery
chopped garlic clove

Combine peas and water in a large kettle. Bring to a boil; simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand one hour.

Add ham bone, salt, pepper, marjoram, and onions. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.

Add carrots and celery. Continue simmering until tender, 30-40 minutes. Serve hot. Makes about 3 1/2 quarts.

*I always taste it before adding any salt. You'll definitely need less than 2 teaspoons if your ham is salty.

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