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Habitant Pea Soup

10 c Water
2 c Yellow or green dried split peas
1/2 lb Lean salt pork OR 2 c Diced smoked ham
1 Ham hock
2 Bay leaves
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Carrpts, diced
1 c Celery with leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Hat water and peas in saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat, cover, and set aside for 1 hour.

Add salt pork or smoked ham, ham hock, bay leaves, onion, carrots, and celery to pea mixture and breing to boil over high heat. Reduce and simmer, cover and cood for about 1-1/5 hours until peas are tender, stirring frequently. If necessary, skim off fat. If using salt pork, remove form soup, cut into small pieces, and return to soup. Remove ham hock and discard. Add salt and pepper to taste.

SERVE; hot in individual bowls. Pass saltines or crusty bread for dunking

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