So tonight it is raining heavily and my wife suggested that I make split pea and ham soup like I did the other night. Knowing there were some changes that she wanted made to my original recipe (which coincidentally was also my first try at making it) I involved her in the process. What began as a somewhat basic split pea soup evolved into a hearty almost stew with larger cut vegetables. Seeing as how my wife absolutely loved this rendition of my soup, I decided to share it with you all!
1/2 Large white onion, finely chopped
2 Cups shredded carrots
6 Stalks of celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 Cups course chopped ham
1 Cup dried split peas
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Saute the onions, carrots, celery, and ham in olive oil just long enough for the celery just to start to soften, stirring often in a large pot.
Then add the split peas and 3 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes then lower heat and let simmer for 45 minutes while covered, stirring occasionally.