SPLIT PEA SOUP
Heat water and peas to boiling in a large pot. Boil for 2 minutes; remove from heat.
Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Stir in the ham, onion, salt and pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat, cover and simmer for ½ to 1 hour until peas are tender. Skim fat if necessary.
Remove ham; trim fat and bone from the ham, and cut into ½ inch pieces. Stir in the ham, carrots, celery and potato. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer covered for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Makes 8 servings.