Saturday, March 15, 2008

Dutch Green Pea Soup

Our family has a tradition that we have been following for about 20 years. Every Christmas my Dad provides the ham for the dinner. We then freeze the ham bone and some of the leftover meat. A month or two later I make pea soup and use the bone and ham to make it. My parents always came to that supper and we used to invite an older lady from our church who my parents knew. My mom and this lady have passed away, but the tradition continues. It's something we always look forward to, when Christmas is done. When Andy was about 3, we started calling this soup "Turtle Soup" because he thought he didn't like it. He did like the the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" though. When we told him it was what they ate, he liked it too! So here it is - Turtle soup or Pea soup. I don't care what you call it!

Dutch Green Pea Soup
1 pound split green peas, rinsed
2 1/2 quarts water
3 medium onions. chopped
2 large stalks celery, sliced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 ham bone with meat
4 large carrots, sliced
4 large potatoes, cubed

Combine peas, water, onions, celery, salt, pepper and ham bone. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Add carrots and potatoes and simmer another hour until peas have cooked down to a thick broth and potatoes and carrots are tender. Stir occasionally during cooking. More water may be added if soup is too thick. Makes 10 generous servings.
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I got this recipe from a contest held by our local paper about 25 years ago and have been making it ever since. It is rated a 10 by our family!