Split Pea Soup with Ham
1-lb dried split peas, rinsed and drained
2- quarts vegetable or chicken broth
1 ham bone
1 bay leaf
2 onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
A good pinch of dried thyme
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons vegetable or olive oil
1. Heat oil in a 4-quart pot. Add chopped carrots, celery and onions. Sauté until softened (about 5 minutes).
2. Add broth, split peas, ham bone, dried thyme, bay leaf, salt and black pepper.
3. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered for approximately 1-1/12 hours. Remove bone, cut-off meat, and return the ham to the soup. Cook another 30 minutes or until tender. Adjust seasonings to taste. Discard bay leaf. Ready to serve.