Do you have a leftover meaty ham bone? Don't throw it out, turn it into pea soup. Here's how you do it:
1 Ham bone, meaty
2 16oz packages of dried split peas
2 cups diced potatoes
2 cups diced onions
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced celery
1 garlic bulb
Stirring cannot be overemphasized!
If you burn the bottom, the entire batch is ruined, with no hope of saving it.
After an hour, remove the lid and cook for another hour or two, as the soup thickens and the meat starts falling off the ham bone. STIR FREQUENTLY!
Remove the bone and bone fragments, break up the ham pieces by pushing against the side of the pot with a spoon.
Ladle into your favorite bowl. Add croutons if you like.