Split Pea Soup With Ham

This was submitted by Mama BeBee (Bebee Stroik)

Based on recipe from The Joy of Cooking by Rombauer and Becker.

2 C split peas
1ham bone
1/2 Cchopped onion
1 Cchopped celery with leaves
1/2 Cchopped carrot
1 clovegarlic
1bay leaf
1/4 teasthyme

1. Wash and soak the split peas overnight (or do the quick version of bringing to a boil and letting cook for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 1 hour) and then proceed.
2. Drain the peas. Add 10 cups water and cook covered for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours with a ham bone. Simmer covered.
3. Add onion, chopped celery, and chopped carrots and simmer covered, for 1/2 hour longer until tender.
4. Add the garlic, bay leaf, and thyme.
5. Remove bones. If ham requires it, chop and return to pot. Also, soup can be thickened With 2 Tbsp flour added to 2 Tbsp butter that has been melted. Add a little soup to this thickening mixture before incorporating into the soup pot. Cook for 5 mins before serving.