- 1 ham bone
- 1 lb dry yellow peas, split
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbl each butter
- 1 Tbl olive oil
- 2 quarts water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 lb baby carrots
- 1 lb spaghetti, broken into 3-inch pieces
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 can evaporated milk or
- 1 C light cream or milk
- Empty package of split peas into a colander or bowl. Sort through well, removing foreign matter and imperfect peas. Rinse well. Soak for 2 hours in 2 cups of water.
- In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, sauté minced garlic in 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon og olive oil until garlic is golden, but not brown in colour. Add ham bone, water in which peas have been soaked and 2 extra quarts of water, and bay leaves.
- Bring to a boil for 1 minute; reduce heat and simmer, covered for 1 hour. Remove cover and simmer an additional hour or until soup is desired consistency. Add baby carrots during final 20-30 minutes of cooking (may be roughly chopped, if desired, or leave whole).
- If you prefer a purèed soup, process using a hand blender before adding carrots.
- Taste soup one half hour before serving; add additional garlic or garlic powder and salt and pepper, as desired. Bring a separate pot of water to a boil and cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain.
- Stir in milk or cream 10 minutes before serving. If you have any leftover ham, add at this time. Stir in spaghetti. Remove bay leaves before serving.
- Pour dried, split yellow peas into a 6-quart or larger Dutch oven pot, crockpot or stockpot, and cover with water. Swirl peas around and pour through a sieve or colander. Repeat multiple times to ensure removal of any debris.
- Put peas back in the pot. Add water 1-2 inches above peas.
- Bring to a full boil then reduce heat to medium-low if using a stockpot or Dutch oven. Cook on high if using a crockpot.
- Drain peas, but keep liquid in a separate bowl.
- Pour peas into a blender and grind/pulse them to a smooth consistency.
- Combine blended peas and reserved liquid in your pot. Cook an additional 30-45 minutes on low heat, and stir occasionally.