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One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mother, standing by the stove, making split pea soup in a huge pot.
Family was coming over to help my father make a new wood shed, and Mom wanted to make a hearty meal for the whole bunch. Back then money was often an issue (or the lack of it), so she certainly couldn’t serve fancy steaks for ten people. However, my mother had a way of turning the most modest, inexpensive ingredients into such delicious meals that everyone was always happy to dine with us.
This recipe very much reminds me of mother’s; the way she used a ham bone to bring that juicy flavor into the soup. All the ingredients were pretty inexpensive then, and that’s what they are now, too. But I guarantee you’ll have the tastiest soup you’ve ever tried in your whole life.
If you want something extra, you can add some cream into this soup, but it certainly isn’t necessary. My father would always mix a spoonful of spicy mustard into his portion, and I wanted to sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Whatever you want to serve this with, it’s going to be amazing!
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Quick Tip: Omit the celery, if you’re not a fan!