Split Pea Soup



  1. 2 c. dried split peas
  2. 3 qt. water
  3. 1 ham bone or small shank end of ham
  4. 1 large onion, minced
  5. 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  6. 1 sprig parsley
  7. salt and pepper


  1. Soak peas in water in a large kettle.
  2. Bring to boil gently for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Add ham, onion and parsley.
  4. Heat to boil; cover and simmer 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until peas are tender and liquid is partially cooked down.
  5. Season to taste with pepper and salt.
  6. For a smooth soup, put through a sieve.
  7. Dilute as desired with additional milk or water.