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For each cup of dry split peas use:

4 c. water
1/4 lb. chopped bacon, ham or
ham hock
1 small onion, chopped (if
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
Cook peas in water for 2 minutes. Let stand and soak
for 1/2 hour. Add the finely chopped meat or pork, vegetables,
salt and pepper. Cover and simmer slowly for about 1 hour,
until peas are tender. Add more water if mixture is too thick.
After it is cooked, it can be thinned to desired consistency
with reconstituted dry milk or a thin white sauce.
Note: If you wish a hearty soup serve it quite thick
and add extra chopped ham or smoked cooked sausage pieces.
Meal Suggestion: Hearty Pea Soup, Tomato Aspic Salad,
crackers, peach cobbler and milk.

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