2 cups split peas
1 ham bone
2 cups carrots
1 cup onion, minced
1 bay leaf
2 quarts water
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup celery
In a soup pot combine split peas, water, bay leaf, one cup onion and a ham bone.
Cover and gently simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove ham bone and cut
up any meat that may be in there. Add carrots, thyme and celery to the
pot. Cook for another 30 minutes more. Remove bay leaf and discard
* I know this may sound strange
to some but I dont like really sweet soups so sometimes I add vinegar.
If tomatoes or carrots or whatever makes my soup too sweet, I add in
cider vinegar. Maybe a tablespoon or two, depending. Its a taste thing.