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Split Pea with Ham SoupIngredients:
* ham hocks or meaty ham bone
* water
* 1 pound dried peas
* 1 chopped onion
* 1 chopped celery stalk
* 1 medium carrots
* bay leaf
* 1 teaspoon thyme
* salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
In a large pot. Fry onion, carrot, celery saute veggies until soft about 5 minutes.

Split Pea with Ham Soup1

Split Pea with Ham Soup2 Then add the garlic saute 1 minute.

Split Pea with Ham Soup3Add bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

Split Pea with Ham Soup4 Rinse well the peas. Add dried peas it to the vegetables and 8 cups water.

Split Pea with Ham Soup5Or, half water and favorite broth. Add ham bone or ham hock or, a couple slices of cooked bacon. For vegetarian - leave out meat. Bring to a boil then, reduce heat to low simmer. Cook covered - about 1 hour.

Split Pea with Ham Soup6 Take out ham or ham hock. Remove meat when cool enough.

Split Pea with Ham Soup7 Put the meat in a pot and cook for 5 minutes.