Split Pea and Ham Soup

This soup was part 2 of "operation use leftover ham". It turned out delicious! This soup is one for my Dad's favorites so he will be in for a treat!

3 cups uncooked split peas
6 cups chicken stock or broth
3 cups ham, cut from the bone
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 1/2 cup carrots, sliced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 1/2 cup potatoes, peeled and diced
1 Tbl salt
1 tsp pepper

Soak beans according to package (I did the quick soak). When beans are done, rinse in colander and place in large soup pot. Add ham bone, ham, and chicken broth. Allow to simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Add salt, pepper, and vegetables. Adjust heat to medium low and cook for another 1 1/2-2 hours. Remove ham bone when it is clean and serve. Enjoy!

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