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The Mayor's Famous Split Pea Soup

From Ed "Mayor" Kalasa

Don't throw away that Ham Bone! Use it to make my Famous Pea Soup


1 lb package green split peas
1 ham boane (with a small amount of ham left on)
1 C chopped celery
1 C chopped onions
1 1/2 C sliced carrots
3 large potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cubes of chicken bouillon
2 bay leaves
6-8 whole allspice cloves
2-3 tsp of McCormick Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to your liking


Rinse split peas and soak in water for 1-2 hours. In a large pot with about 3 quarts of water boil the ham bone for 1-2 hours. Remove the bone and cut the ham into small 1/4 inch pieces and return ham to pot with peas, celery, onions, bouillion cubes, bay leaves and the rest of spices. Simmer partly covered 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally. Add carrots when peas start to break down. When peas completely break down, add potatoes and simmer until they are tender. If soup is too thick, thin with a small amount of water.

May be served with saltines, croutons or sauerkraut.