Yesterday I cooked a ham with the bone in it so thought with out cold, icy, rainy day that some homemade soup would be nice. Especially since my husband said he thought it could possibly cause a power failure. I moved into cooking mode and voila a hearty soup for cold weather.
In a very large soup pot I added all the ingredients except the extra ham.
Ham bone with some meat on it
2 or 3 cups of split peas
1 litre of chicken broth, organic if possible
3 bay leaves, 3cloves fresh garlic put through garlic press, a little black pepper
Small bag of organic carrots as well as some regular ones (use whatever you have on hand)
3 onions chopped finely in my Cuisinart food processor
5 celery stocks chopped as above, small
3 large potatoes chopped in processor, small
Added water to cover the soup bone and put a lid on it for a good part of cooking time
A little olive oil
I wanted the soup to stay chunky and not mushed and it worked out well this way
Added some diced ham slices from yesterdays ham and let it cook maybe ten minutes longer
All in all it cooked for about two hours but I kept a close eye on the temp and when it
got bubbling turned it down and stirred it a few times too.
A hearty soup for a cold snowy Canadian day. Enjoy!