super basic split pea soup2 TBSP olive oil
a big yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, scrubbed and sliced
3 celery ribs, sliced
8 oz. dry green split peas, rinsed
3 qts. chicken or veg stock
a bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
Sauté the onions and garlic in the oil for a few minutes, add the rest of the ingredients, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the peas fall apart, about 30-40 minutes. If the soup becomes too thick during cooking, add some water. Check for salt before serving, and maybe toss some sliced green onions on top.
You can make the hammy variety super easily by using water in place of the stock and adding in a leftover hambone. I usually leave the peas out until the hambone has had a chance to flavor the brew. Then I pick out the bone, save whatever meat there is, and add in the ham with the peas for the last 30 minutes of cooking. My dad surely prefers this method, but that's another story.