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Homemade Basic Split Pea Soup

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Ingredients
  Ham hock 1 1⁄2 Pound, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained (700 Gram)
  Water 1⁄4 Pint
  Dried split peas 1 Pound, soaked overnight and drained (500 Gram)
  Bay leaf 1
  Black pepper To Taste
  Salt To Taste
  Butter 2 Ounce (50 Gram)
  Onions 2 Medium, chopped
  Celery stalks 2 , chopped
  Carrots 2 , scraped and thinly sliced
  Leeks 2 , cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Directions

Put the ham hock in a saucepan and pour over the water.
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 1 hour.
Add the split peas, bay leaf and salt and pepper to taste and continue to simmer for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a frying pan.
Add the vegetables and fry until they are just beginning to soften.
Add to the saucepan and stir well.
Cover and simmer for a further 45 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow the soup to cool.
Skim off any fat from the surface.
Remove the ham hock and cut the meat from the bone.
Chop the meat and return to the saucepan.
Bring the soup back to the boil, then serve.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Split Pea

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