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Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup
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Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound green split peas
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • parsley and thyme, 1 sprig each
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • peppercorns
  • bay leaf
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 parsnip, sliced
  • 1 rib celery, sliced
  • 1 cup white wine

Instructions:

Soak the split peas overnight and drain. (If you are in a hurry, the peas may be cooked in a pressure cooker in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes.) Put the peas in a large pot with the water, the ham bone, and all other ingredients except the carrot, parsnip, celery, and white wine. Simmer on the back of the stove for 2 hours or so, stirring occasionally. Remove the bone, cutoff the meat and return meat to soup. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are done. Sprinkle a pinch of mace atop each serving, and serve with common crackers, saltines, or baking powder biscuits. This soup is splendid with Boola-Boola Topping.
Updated Friday, August 17th, 2007
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