Souper Saturday

I love soup, but I don’t make it much.  I think that’s because I’m seriously lacking soup recipes.  So I was thinking of hosting a carnival.  And then I was visiting Janel this morning, and I remembered that I actually made this button for HER carnival.  I’m linking in, and I hope you will too!  So I can get LOTS of great new soup recipes to try.

This is one of my family’s favorite winter meals.  As my 5-year-old said to her 3-year-old sister last night, “It looks disgusting, but it tastes really good.”  And that about sums it up.

Split Pea Soup

1 pound dried split peas

8 cups water

1 large onion, chopped

1 cup finely chopped celery

1/4 tsp pepper

1 ham bone or 2 pounds ham shanks, or smoked pork hocks  (I always bake a ham and save the bone and the leftover meat and use that in my split pea soup.)

3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices

Heat the peas and the water till boiling in a large pot on top of the stove.  Boil uncovered for 2 minutes and then take off the heat and cover.  Let stand for about an hour.

Stir in the chopped onion and celery and the pepper.  Add the ham bone.  Heat to boiling and then reduce heat.  Cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours.

Remove the ham bone and pick meat off the bone.  Discard the bone.  Cut the meat into small bite and return to soup.  Add the carrots.  Heat to boiling and then reduce heat.  Cover and simmer until the carrots are tender, about 30 minutes.  Serve with homemade bread or rolls.  ENJOY!