Split Pea Soup


2 cups dried split peas (about 1 lb.)
2 qt water
1 ham bone **
1/2 cup minced onion
1 cup minced celery
1 sprig parsley
1/4 tsp. pepper

In large kettle, heat peas and water to boiling; boil gently 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Add remaining ingredients.

Heat to boiling; cover and simmer 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until peas are soft and mushy. Remove bone; trim meat from bone and add to soup. If you wish, thin soup with milk or water. Season to taste.

6 servings (1 cup each)

** 1 lb. ham shank or ham hocks can be substituted for the ham bone.