This is a wonderful pea soup. Freezes readily.
Use ham shanks or hocks that are not heavily smoked. Too much smoke flavor overpowers the fine taste of this excellent soup.
10 cups chicken broth
2 pounds dried green split peas, rinsed, drained and picked over
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 small carrots, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, diced small
½ red bell pepper, diced small
4 cloves garlic, diced small (about 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon)
1 tbsp, fresh minced thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
2 dried bay leaves
2 small ham hocks or shanks (1 ¼ pounds total) with ½ inch slits cut in skin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Serve with: Croutons, Croustades.
Source: Everyday Foods, a Martha Stewart magazine
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