As is the case with many of my recipes, this one is a collaboration of several split pea soup recipes. You can eliminate the potatoes, if you wish. If you would rather have a soup with a smoother texture, you can have at it with your immersion blender before serving. Keep it vegetarian by omitting the ham. In any event, be sure to have a basket of crusty Irish soda bread on the table.
Split Pea Soup
1 16 oz package of dried split peas
4 cups water
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup onions, diced
1-2 potatoes, diced (optional)
1-2 carrots sliced or cubed
2 cups cooked ham, diced
2 teaspoons marjoram
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon dried basil
ground pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a stock pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered until all ingredients are soft. This might take up to two hours. Stir now and then.
This recipe provides 8 generous servings.