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Recipe for family meals :

Hearty Split Pea Soup

This recipe comes from Steph's website, Country Kitchen Goodness. Steph and her husband Don live in Idaho as Don, who is in the Forces, is stationed there. One of Steph's great loves in life is cooking hence her website which is well worth a visit - click here.

In the introduction to her website Steph had this to say:

"Nothing quite compares to the satisfying feeling of preparing your family a delicious meal they all enjoy. My passion for cooking surfaced when I began experimenting and reading cookbooks as an adult. I am trying to instill this joy in my children so they will hopefully appreciate the art growing up. Cooking is one of my favorite forms of creative expression".

"In my quest for a hearty homemade split pea soup, I came up with this delicious recipe. I just took the basics, then added a few ingredients, and voila, a thick, satisfying meal. I team this up with homemade bread for a complete dinner".


1 package (16 ounces) dry, green split peas
4 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 pound cooked, finely cubed ham
1 large potato, peeled and diced
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. dry thyme leaves
1 bay leaf

  • Rinse split peas in cold water.
  • Combine all ingredients in a Dutch oven or large sauce pan; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and cover.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, 1-1/2 hours.
  • Remove bay leaf.

If soup is too thick, add enough water until soup reaches desired consistency. Soup thickens upon standing, so leftovers will probably need more water before re-serving.

Serves 6