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Split Pea Soup

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SPLIT PEA SOUP

4 cups water
4 cups clear chicken stock
1 pound dried split peas
2 pounds smoked ham - or - 1 pounds polska kielbassa
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
tsp. pepper
A dash of garlic powder
2 medium carrots, cut into about inch pieces
2 medium stalks celery, cut into about inch pieces
1 large potato, cut into about inch pieces

 

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 to 1 hour until peas are tender. Skim fat if necessary.

 

Remove ham; trim fat and bone from the ham, and cut into 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.