Re:What's For LUNCH...???
Here's the recipe for split pea soup. I know you probably can't put the ham in or use the ham stock. Substitute chicken, but it won't be the same.
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 C diced ham or 2 ham hocks (and ham bone if you have one)
1/2 lb. split peas
1 bay leaf
ham stock (I use "Better Than Bouillon" brand ham base and mix into boiling water)
fresh ground pepper
Put the butter, onion, carrots and celery into a pot. Sweat for 10 mins. do not brown. Add the split peas, ham or hocks, bay leaf and pepper. Add enough stock to more than cover the ingredients, as the peas will absorb a lot while cooking. I don't add salt because the ham base is salty. If you use ham hocks, remove them when the split peas are cooked, remove the rind and the bones and add the meat to the soup. This makes about the same quantity as the potato leek soup. Easy!!!