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Mom's Split Pea And Ham Soup

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Ingredients
  Split green peas 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Meaty ham bone 1 Pound
  Cold water 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Onions 2 , chopped
  Carrots 2 , chopped
  Celery stalks 2 , chopped
  Chopped fresh italian parsley 2 Tablespoon
  Dried thyme 1 Pinch
  Coarsely chopped cooked ham 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Salt To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1. If cooked ham is used, remove the fat and a major portion meat, chop the meat and keep aside the ham to be used later.
2. Take a cheesecloth, add 1 bay leaf, 2 parsley stalks, 1 garlic clove and 6 peppercorns and using a string tie the cheesecloth.
3. Rinse split peas, immerse in cold water and allow to soak for 6 hours to overnight. Drain, rinse and keep aside.

MAKING
4. Take a deep, large soup pot or saucepan, add ham bone and peas. Pour in 6 to 8 cups of cold water, sufficient to cover the entire ham bone. Mix in chopped onions, celery, carrots, thyme and parsley. If bouquet garni is used, add to the mixture. Tie the garni to pot handle so that it can be removed easily.
5. Cover and allow the soup to come to boil. Remove the foam. Lower the heat to minimum, cover partially and simmer for 3 to 4 hours, stirring intermittently, till peas become puree consistency and ham falls of bone. Take out ham bone and bouquet garni and allow to chill overnight.
6. Take out, remove any frozen fat from the top, place on heat and simmer for about 1 to 2 hours. Mix in chopped ham and heat well. Season with salt and pepper.

SERVING
7. Serve as meai-in-a-bowl along with bread slices or hot biscuits.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Ham
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes

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