So here is my first recipe for 2012! I am hoping to get more recipes posted this year maybe one per month! Here is a classic recipe for green split pea soup! I love it however I know some who just can’t get past the green color. Definitely a great way to warm you up after a nice hike or some outdoor activity! So grateful it is 2012 and the weather has been exceptionally mild! A balmy 45 today!!! So I dedicate this first recipe to my Mom! After serving a wonderful spiral ham for Christmas my Mom called telling me she saved the ham bone for me if I wanted to make pea soup…lol My Mom doesn’t even like pea soup but my Dad does so I made a batch and brought it over to him. Of course I kept some for myself to have! A great easy meal to eat for the nights I just don’t want to cook!
• 2 cups split green peas
• 1 small onion, finely chopped
• 1 ham bone
• 2 quarts water
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/3 tsp thyme
• Black pepper to taste
Rinse and sort peas. Add peas and water to stockpot and bring to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 1 hour. Add ham bone, onion, garlic and thyme to stockpot and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 1/2 hours covered (or until peas are soft). Remove ham bone and slice off meat and add back to soup (if desired). Season to taste with black pepper.