This recipe is a family favourite. I got it many years ago from my most used cookbook. If you can only own one cookbook, it should be a Betty Crocker cookbook. All of the recipes that I've tried from this now-sad looking cookbook have been what my family has dubbed "do-overs". This split pea recipe is no exception.
With our fresh snow and cold temperatures today, this soup is perfect.
2 1/2 cups dried split peas, (1 pound), sorted and rinsed
8 cups water
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 medium celery stalks, finely chopped (1 cup)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 ham bone or 2 pounds shanks
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 1/2 cups)